Hailing from Arcoverde, in the semi-arid desert interior of Pernambuco, Samba de Coco Raizes de Arcoverde was formed in 1992 by Lula Calixto and the Lopes sisters. Representing a unique form of regional northeastern Afro-Brazilian culture, they have performed all over Brasil, as well as in Belgium, France and Italy. Their recent album on Kafundó, produced by Maga Bo, pulled them outside of their comfort zone to bring in new instruments, arrangements and sounds - the first time alfaias, caixas, timbaus, electronic dub fx and heavy sub bass have been included in their sound!
Kafundó endeavoured to take their sound even further by calling in a cadre of heavy weight Brazilian DJs to remix the album. They went the distance, deftly and naturally situating the original rhythms, melodies, instruments and voices within the cutting edge world of modern electronic bass music - from the psychedelic, evolving arrangements of Psilosamples and Carrot Green to the digi-dancehall ragga cuts of Chico Correa to the moombahton oscillations of Lucio K.
A very special ingredient of Samba de Coco Raizes de Arcoverde comes from what they call the coco trupé, which consists of a rapid and strong dance step performed with wooden shoes on a wooden platform (fitted with piezo microphones) which adds a very loud and distinctive percussive element to their sound. In addition to the percussive dance steps and strident vocal harmonies, the traditional instruments present in the group are triangle, surdo and pandeiro. The simple and positive messages of the lyrics complement the frenetic coco rhythms.