Selected by Dan Grunebaum


Courtesy of Latina

With Japan showing an increasing interest in its Brazilian connection (thanks in part to the Japanese-Brazilians who are its third largest foreign population), one of Brazil' most sophisticated singer-songwriters, Lenine, drops into town for two nights of shows at Shibuya's Club Quattro in June.

One of the strongest current exponents of musica popular Brasileira (MPB), Lenine is best known for integrating the Carnival song and dance sounds of Maracatau, the music of his native northeast Pernambuco state, into MPB in the early '80s.

Leaving his home in Recife, the capital of Pernambuco, at the age of 18, Lenine relocated to Rio de Janeiro and began to make an impact on the music scene there. Struggling for acceptance at first, his innovations have since been adopted by a generation of pop artists, and it is now common to hear Maracatu percussion in Brazilian soap-opera soundtracks and advertising jingles.

In the '90s, Lenine has modulated his populist approach to incorporate the digital revolution sweeping popular music, fine-tuning it to suit his own needs. With O Dia em Que Faremos Contato (The Day We Are Going To Get In Touch) and last fall's Na Pressao (Under Pressure), he weaves samples from film and other diverse sources into his fantastical vision, which includes anything from images of bridges and ships to Martian fortresses.

In addition to playing guitar and singing, Lenine is also famous for his unique "mouth percussion" technique, which imparts a distinctiveness to his music. At Club Quattro, the 41-year old Lenine will be assisted in filling out his sound with a cast of young musicians steeped in the vocabulary of contemporary hip hop and techno, including DJ Neck.

Lenine plays Club Quattro on June 16 and 21. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana