World Cafe

WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe

XPN2 - XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

World Cafe Archives

Join the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size

Latin Roots - Aaron Levinson on Samba

Grammy award-winning Latin music producer and music industry veteran Aaron Levinson joins WXPN’s David Dye for this seventeenth segment of the Latin Roots music series. Levinson is a Philadelphia native and started his music career at Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. He has a background as a musician and composer and is an ASCAP-affiliated songwriter/ publisher and former governor of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

He has gone on to start his own record label, Range Recording Studios, in Ardmore, PA and has produced/ released a total of 16 albums throughout his career. Levinson also co-composed and produced the score for the Cinemax documentary “How Do You Spell Murder?” by Oscar-winning directors Alan and Susan Raymond. 
This installment of the Latin Roots music series focuses on samba music and Levinson explains the history and traditions behind samba in Latin America. Levinson explains how Samba started in a favela called Estacio in the 1930s and is the national music of Brazilian culture and embraces the country's Afro-Brazilian history. He says that, although samba comes from much older, West African form, it was still designed for a mass audience because it was played on the radio. Levinson plays a selection of samba music, such as “O Telefone Tocou Novamente” by Jorge Ben, which is a cover of the original samba song and in it, you can hear an American soul music influence.

Jorge Ben / O TELEFONE TOCOU NOVAMENTE   / Brute Force
Sambajazz Trio  / SABOR ANTIGO / Agora Sim!

Latin Roots 17: Aaron Levinson on Samba

"Samba Do Irmao", by Marinho Da Vila, from Meu Laia Raia
"Esperancas Perdidas", Os Originais Do Samba, from O Samba E A Corda, Os Originais
"Forca Bruta", by Jorge Ben, from Forca Bruta
"Back in Bahia", by Gilberto Gil, from A Arte De Gilberto Gil
"So Danco Samba," by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, from Getz/Gilberto
"Samba Do Aviao", by Jobim Trio and Milton Nascimento, from Novas Bossas
"1O Encanto Do Gantois", by Beth Carvalho, from "Brazil Classics 2: O Samba"
"Quem Me Guia", by Almir Guineto, from Brazil Classics 2: O Samba
"Sufoco", by Alcione, from Brazil Classics 2: O Samba
"Aldeia De Okarimbe", by Neguinho Da Beija Flor, from Brazil Classics 2: O Samba