Whaa! - Zuco 103

Six Degrees

– In today’s global village, you’re just as likely to hear a Celtic jig in Japan as you are a Brazilian samba in Central Europe. Zuco 103 are Dutch trio who are carving out new territory for Brazilian rhythms. Of course, vocalist, Lilian Vieira adds authenticity to their experiments. In the 1980’s, the Brazilian native relocated to The Netherlands where she studied singing at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Later when would meet up with drummer, Stefan Kruger and keyboardist, Stefan Schmid, her two collaborators in Zuco 103. Lilian admits, “my background provides inspiration to our music but that’s mostly on a rhythmic level.” The rest of the music on Whaa!, their latest release, is shaped through their combined imaginations and fun-loving energy. Zuco 103 drummer, Stefan Kruger describes the sound as “a mix of everything that exists … it doesn’t just stop with jazz, funk or bossa nova.” The trio gets decidedly dubby on two tracks featuring Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. The first single from the disc, Na Mangueira, is dedicated to Estacao Primeira de Mangueira, one of Rio’s most revered samba schools, where they say, “There is no samba in vain.”