Last week, I went to a show to see a band in Sao Paulo. They're friends of a friend. The friend was sure I would love them.
Now, most of you know that I'm a total music snob. It's hard for me to get into Brazilian music because most of what I'm exposed to is shitty pop stuff / Brazilian funk / Brazilian gospel.
Finally, some fresh air.
The band is called Francisco, el Hombre. The band name is in Spanish because the two brothers that lead the band have quite a mix of backgrounds and living experiences that include the Spanish language. Their parents are native Spanish speakers from two different countries; the family lived in the US for a long time, then moved to Brazil when the kids were old enough to retain English but young enough to acquire Portuguese.
The sound is a lot like Devendra Banhart but less pretentious/psychedelic and more direct and honest. It's modern folk, bordering on rock and with some elements of more traditional folk (like folklórico, or even Irish-style, with a cappella moments and stuff). They're men of the world, home in many nations, and their music reflects that. They sing in whatever of the three languages fits the song (or even a given part of a song), and that makes my Portuspanglish brain happy. They're creative and so, so talented! And when they sang live, it was clear how happy they were to be doing what they were doing. Blissful, even. Totally absorbed in flow. It was some smart, quality stuff!
I've found some videos online, but they don't do the live show justice. They had a woman singing with them at the live show who added a really nice touch.
Here's a song they sing in Portuguese:
And here's an English/Spanish song:
And here's a sort of movie/documentary/promotional video with quite a few of their songs:
I think my favorite song was one they sang called No Soy Poeta. They also sang a folk version of a famous Brazilian samba song called Na Cadência do Samba, and it was excellent.
I really recommend that you like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/franciscoelhombreband (or click here) to see when they're playing.
Unfortunately, I can't find anything about buying their music online! Maybe if they see this, they can leave a comment with details on how to support them.