GENRE | FUNKY LATIN SOUL
VERDICT | DRINK THIS KOOL-AID
LABEL | LUAKA BOP
RELEASE | 10.2.12
This collection of 15 remastered tracks by the Brazilian soul legend commemorates what would have been his 70th birthday (sadly, he died at 55). Somewhere between five marriages, multiple prison sentences, and forays into extra-terrestrial-obsessed religious cultism, Tim Maia found time to make some funky-ass music.
To those unfamiliar with his music, Maia’s rap sheet may precede him. Born in Rio, Maia immigrated illegally to New York at 17 only to be jailed and deported for smoking weed in a stolen vehicle (giving new meaning to the term “hot box”). He was deeply inspired by American soul music and began creating music that fused mellow vibes, soulful basslines and elaborate arrangements with traditional Brazilian flourishes. With songs that span the spectrum from love songs to political and social manifestos (or both, see: “Let’s Have a Ball Tonight”)
he’s proven to be something of a Brazilian Curtis Mayfield, and despite some questionable life choices, Maia reigns as the grooviest thing to come out of South America.