"When we feel powerless, art is the only way to make things happen. By putting our hopes into art certain realities can come true."– I-D Magazine
"Nina Miranda celebrates connections. Forging resistance through creation, she sketches new possibilities and imagined musical geographies". – Saatchi Magazine
“Using the beauty and gentleness of one language and the brevity and directness of the other to paint a picture of living and loving in two cultures…. t’s an album that revels in experimentation, but doesn’t shy away from embracing tradition. It’s Miranda building bridges between cultures [...]" – Bandcamp Weekly
"… You could say that Smoke City's one-time singer couldn't go wrong with a raft of musicians from the likes of Ibibio Sound Machine and Da Lata. But it's marshalling all these talents and getting them to do your thing rather than theirs, that's to be admired. This is an extremely classy global fusion pop record."— Songlines Magazine
"Very brave, very London, very now”. – Straight no Chaser Magazine
“Iconic”… "A trip-Hop Luminary” – Gilles Peterson BBC Radio 6
"Brazilian singer Nina Miranda is finally ready to steal the limelight with her upcoming debut solo album. ..Always, she has been collaborating and always, she has been traversing through genres" – Sounds and Colours Magazine
"I love the psyche flavour... Very talented woman...all these different, interesting influences creating a kind of lovely, sonic melange." – Lauren laverne BBC Radio 6
Nina Miranda has spent most of her life living in Brazil and London; her hotly awaited, first solo album is bursting with the dissonance
and freedom of that experience.
Perhaps best known as the vocalist for the UK based ensemble Smoke City, which began with DJ Producer Marc Brown and Nina and their hit, "Underwater Love" (with the help of Michel Gondry's Levi's advert in 1997, entitled 'Mermaids'), creating a worldwide sensation and paving the way for a new cross-cultural, genre-defying, underground to overground pop-sensibility. Smoke City grew when joined by multi-instrumentalist Chris Franck and sometimes collaborator DJ Patrick Forge.
Miranda later joined Da Lata and became lead singer of the bands Shrift and Zeep. An integral member of the Trip Hop, Electronica, Brazilian and World Music scenes of the nineties, noughties and to date, Miranda has collaborated with numerous artists, including Nitin Sawhney, Basement Jaxx, Bebel Gilberto, Jah Wobble, Nação Zumbi, Baaba Maal, Troubleman, Seu Jorge & Gilles Peterson.
Nina's music has been heard in film and television soundtracks worldwide, resulting in a cult following of fans who will be thrilled to see her stepping out solo with this voluminous, passionate offering of plurality and wonder.
Freedom of Movement showcases a confection of influences: traditional rhythms of Bahia juxtaposed with urban bass-lines, the atmosphere of 1970s Santana & Osibisa is channelled along with the valorous grooves of Earth Wind & Fire and Sly & Robbie, the free spirit of les dames Grace Jones and Rita Lee, and the urban bite of The Specials and Ian Dury & The Blockheads.
This solo outing also shows its political teeth, with a conscious galvanic call to action at this crucial time in our collective history. Finally out on her own, one of our finest vocalists marks herself as a singular talent, demonstrating that her international edge is more
crucial than ever.
Perhaps best known as the vocalist for the UK based ensemble Smoke City, an integral member of the Trip Hop, Electronica,
Brazilian and World Music scenes of the nineties, noughties and to date, Miranda has collaborated with numerous artists (including Nitin Sawhney, Basement Jaxx, Gilles Peterson, and many more.) Miranda later joined Da Lata and became lead singer of the bands Shrift and Zeep....more
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Ceu is a lovely singer. She has that cool bossa nova vibe and a touch of electro and jazz to go with it. This is a pretty good make-out record, too.
Here's my full review. http://www.7thlevelmusic.com/?p=491 Nik Havert