Published Mar 25, 2011For over 20 years, the Red Hot Organization has been raising money and awareness in the fight against AIDS, largely through high-profile compilation albums. They recently earned over $1 million thanks to the star-studded Dark Was the Night, which featured Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and Feist, among many others. Now, the charity has unveiled its next compilation.
Entitled Red Hot + Rio 2, it's the sequel to 1996's Red Hot + Rio and pays tribute to the Brazilian Tropicália music of the 1960s. The artists involved are a mix of current indie stars and bona-fide Tropicália icons. The list of artists includes the likes of Beck, Of Montreal, Os Mutantes, Dirty Projectors, Devendra Banhart, St. Vincent, Neon Indian, Javelin, Beirut, José González, Tom Zé, John Legend, Caetano Veloso and Madlib.
In a press release, Beirut mastermind Zach Condon said, "I feel like Brazilian guitar music is some of the most important and impressive in the world, as far as I'm concerned. I honestly think Brazilian Portuguese is the best language on the planet for its own musicality."
You can hear him sing in Brazilian Portuguese if you listen to the track "O Leãozinho" below. It's a cover of Caetano Veloso, who just happens to appear on the album also.
Red Hot + Rio 2 is due out on June 28.
Thanks to Pitchfork for the heads-up.