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10 Years of Booty Bass – A brief history of Daniel Haaksman & Man Recordings

For over ten years Daniel Haaksman has been one of the key figures instrumental in popularising global underground sounds and in particular Brazilian Baile Funk.

His compilation ‘Rio Favela Funk Baile Booty Beats’ released on the eclectic Essay Recordings – now celebrating it’s 10th anniversary – threw together some of the classics from the Favela Funk parties in Rio and gave a thrilling insight into hitherto unexplored terrain and – alongside the influence of Diplo – helped kickstart the wave of interest in various forms of ghetto bass music on the underground dance music scene. 

One of the most popular tracks was Bonde Do Tiagros’ “O Baile Todo” 

Around the same time he was producing tracks and remixes alongside his brother under the Haaksman y Haaksman moniker and this remix for Shantel’s Bucovina Social Club of was part of a wave of new forms of bastardised Gypsy and East European music that emerged and helped changed the global music landscape.

Shantel & Bucovina Social Club (Haaksman y Haaksman Soca Bogle remix)

Subsequent releases on his own Man Recordings imprint saw artists like Edu K, DJ Sandrinho and MC Gringo reaching a whole new audience whilst the Funk Mundial series pioneered new forms of the Baile Funk sound pairing European producers with some of the MCs and artists from the Rio scene, mutatating it beyond it’s original miami bass sound. Haaksman’s own productions lend a European club sensibility to the raw Funk sound as evidenced on the Kid Conga track featuring MC Militinho.

More recently the label has broadened it’s scope putting out tracks from key producers including Schlactofbronx, Uproot Andy, and Poirier and taking in other styles like Afro-House, Kuduro, Reggaeton, Dancehall, Cumbia, Tecno Brega, and Trap and is now an influential barometer of new bass music from around the world. 

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Catch a very rare Daniel Haaksman DJ set at Rich Mix Saturday 5th July as part of the Joga Bola Festival 

Daniel Haaksman Joga Bola


Cal Jader in Brazil pt1

Since i’m going to be in Brazil for over 6 weeks (!!!) I thought i’d take this opportunity to use my trip to introduce some of the amazing music that i’ll be encountering along the way and try to feature some of the DJs, producers and cultural protagonists I’ll be hooking up with along the way and keep the Movimientos blog updated as I go. The first motivation behind my trip was to see carnival for the first time (this year in both Recife and Rio) but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to string a few DJ dates together (see list below) largely through DJs who’ve played at Movimientos parties in London however for one of my first gigs – in Sao Paulo this Friday a night called Furupa organised by the wonderful Mariana Pinho of Gandaia Arts – will not only feature the phenomenal talents of DJ Tudo but two producer / DJs Tahira and Aroop Roy (the latter also a UK resident) and both of whom have recently released Brazilian edits have been creating a bit of buzz.

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DJ dates: 

31/1: São Paulo - Discoteco Tropical w/ Ad Ferrera & Tahira

1/ 2: São Paulo – Furupa @ Puxadinho Da Pranca w/ DJ Tudo, Aroop Roy (UK)

4/3: Rio: Sotage Carregado @Rio Scenarium 

8/2: Rio - Pedro Da Leme - Noches Del Sol  

11/2: – Salvador – Commons Studio Bar w/ Murillo

14/2: Salvador –  Paciência Beach House, Festa Nozmoskada 

17 / 3: Brasilia – Outro Calaf w/ Criolina 

cal_brasil tour

Free download Uproot Andy Worldwide Ting Vol.2

We’re getting exited about a tropical bass explosion on Sunday from Uproot Andy at Camden Lockside Lounge.  All the way from Brooklyn Uproot Andy´s unique style has made him one of the most sought after producers and DJs on the global scene. 

The new Que Bajo Records release Uproot Andy’s Worldwide Ting Vol. 2. will get you in the mood for his special appearance in London with Movimientos @our DJ night Baila Con Dios.

Download Uproot Andy’s Worldwide Ting Vol. 2. here: 

Wara ‘Leave To Remain’ official music video

It was about time Wara had their own official music video and so here it is – the title track from their debut album Leave To Remain showing exactly why we love them so much – with their vibrant mix of next generation Latin music and conscious social commentary. High tempo energetic music with a message. Filmed at various locations in London and Cuba it includes scenes featuring London’s immigrant communities, Seven Sisters and Ridley Road markets, startling street scenes in Havana and an epic rooftop sequence finale.


For the London shoot it we enlisted the help of our longtime friend – filmmaker Mikey Watts whose powerful documentaries we’ve consistently screened at Movimientos over the years – to help add an element of social realism and added to the beautiful scenes of Havana undertaken by bandleader Eliane Correa the video evokes a fascinating clash of cultures – just like the music itself. Enjoy!

Wara video launch at The Forge, Camden – Thursday 12th Decemeber

Liberation through music. An Interview with Cuban violinist Omar Puente

Together with Alborada and Movimientos, Omar Puente is taking part in a seminar as part of the Latin America Conference entitled ‘Liberation through Culture – Music & Film in Latin America’s revolutionary wave‘ here he gives us a little glimpse into what he will talk about at  and and answers a few more of our questions about his inspiring life

Omar explained that it will be a challenge to squeeze all they want to say into one hour. They will touch on the evolution of music, the Cuban roots and the importance of songs on the revolution.

It is not just music. As Cubans we walk music, we eat music, we drink music and we dance music.’ Omar explained.

He has been active with the Cuban Solidarity Campaign (who co-host the conference) for a while now and feels ‘flattered’ to have been invited to speak.

Being involved with the Solidarity Campaign is my way of saying thank you and giving something back.’

The Adelante! Latin America Conference 2013 is taking place tomorrow, Saturday 7 December, 9-6pm at Congress House, 28 Russell Street followed by Fiesta at Bolivar Hall


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Calle13 meets Julian Assange with Multi_Viral track

In recent years Calle13 have been increasingly using their huge platform across the Spanish speaking world and beyond to showcase progressive political issue and highlight injustice.  With the target of the mainstream corporate media and it’s distortions firmly in their sights they have just launched their new track ‘Multi_Viral‘ a collaboration with Wikileak’s Julian Assange. Musically it’s a guitar-riff heavy mash up of hip hop and drum’n'bass with a little cumbia joining forces with Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Palestinian political artist and singer Kamilya Jubran. Download it on the SoundCloud link below and watch Rene (Residente) in conversation with Assange below.

By: Callum Simpson

Be part of the Landscape of Latin America with Camilo Menjura’s LOLCHOIR

When I heard that award winning musician Camilo Menjura had started a new choir at the Calthorpe Project, Kings Cross, I decided it would definitely be worth checking out. Though the choir is in its early stages and has only been up and running for a month, new people are joining every week and it’s causing a bit of a stir.

Dia de los Muertos Experience DJ Mix


Special Dia de los Muertos themed mix to coincide with our big event on the 2nd November

Starting with a bit of fantasmagorical cumbia and psych latin into a ‘Ghost Town‘ version excursion to some mortific moombahton and a pure Mexican finale with spooky ska, hair-raising Norteno, bloodcurdling dubstep cumbia as well as three of Mexico’s female icons Lila Downs, Julieta Venegas and the late Chavela Vargas. With a bit of Chicha, Salsa and Colombian swing along the way all with a Dia de los Muertos twist…. 



New DJ mix – ¡Levántate! Sounds of Movimientos for 2013

A special DJ mix on a more organic tip to showcase some of the sounds lighting up the Movimientos airwaves and dance floor this year including amongst others Salsa from La Mecanica Popular, Bio Ritmo, Uproot Andy with a typical bastardised Salsa banger and fresh from Colombia La Mambanegra. Cumbia from Maguare and Movimientos’ own Los Chinches. Plus Cuban beats from Qva Libre one of the hottest alternative bands coming out of Havana right now, Gema Y Pavel’s version of the classic Cumbanchero and of course Wara’s acoustic ‘Flesh & Bone’ going straight to the soul. Plus Afro-Latin beats from Bruk Beat Kru, Thornato’s remix of Son Palenque, and Ondatropica going Afrobeat on a version of Fela Kuti’s ‘Chop n Quench’. Not forgetting Brazil with Abayomy Afrobeat Orchestra’s killer track plucked from the new Mais Um Discos compilation and a forthcoming release from Orquestra Imperial. Listen here…

21st Century Protest: Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux’s new release opposes the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal

We were very proud to host Ana Tijoux‘s debut UK gig at Favela Chic in 2011 – it was a wicked night, she’s a lyrical showstopper. At the forefront of the international Hip Hop movement, Ana is only the second Chilean musician to be Grammy nominated, has collaborated with the likes of Julieta Venegas (on the hit ‘Eres Para Mi’), Control Machete, and Bajofondo, was #1 Latin album of the year on Amazon in 2010 and broke new ground on iTunes charts around the world.

Ana started out with rap group Makiza whose lyrics were full of social commentary, particularly about the injustices against the indigenous people of Chile. The radical slant of her new Bossa Nova style track, then, is not surprising. What is surprising is that, unlike most popular artists – who tend to bow the status quo as they climb the ladder of fame – Tijoux’s radicalism is growing as quickly as her reputation is. Her new song “NO AI TPP” (video above) focuses on opposing and exposing the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal (TPP). You can download the track for free via MediaFire on YouTube too. If you haven’t heard about the TPP, we’re not surprised. It’s being kept secret by some of the most dangerous secret keepers in the world.

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