But Forro in the Dark doesn't conform to those limitations, instead taking the lively and emotional genre to new heights by drawing on influences ranging from Enrique Iglesias to Beck. The resulting music sounds optimistic and celebratory, occasionally instrumental and always compelling.
The band was born when frontman Mauro Refosco threw a birthday party and invited a few friends to play with him; soon, Forro in the Dark began a tradition of sold-out weekly performances. Their debut album, The Bonfires of Sao Joao
, was a major success even attracting David Byrne to join them on a song. We recorded this session around the time Bonfires
was released in 2007 and present it again as part of our Sense of Place: Rio
series. Special treat:
Smokey Hormel, often heard playing with Beck, is in the band on guitar!
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Live performances, videos, photo gallery, an interactive map, plus a walking tour of Rio de Janeiro at Sense of Place: Rio