Pedro Luís And A Parede
Astronauta Tupy

Pedro Luís and A Parede are from Rio, but once they launch into their loping rhythms, the ears of hip-hop fans will perk up. On Astronauta Tupy, the group creates a unique combination of contemporary rhythms and Brazilian percussion, using rap, rock and reggae as just some of its points of departure. Avoiding heavy electronics, the band's five percussionists toss together a small symphony of hand-held percussion, perked up by rhythmic guitars and the occasional keyboard. - Marty Lipp