‘Tis the season… for music in the streets! The pre-Lenten celebration that is arguably more popular than Lent itself has spread around the planet. Music from Brazil, New Orleans, and other hotbeds of global carnival / carnaval / Mardi Gras music.
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The Wild Magnolias “All on a Mardi Gras Day” from Life Is a Carnival
Mighty Panther “Barbados Carnival” from Calypso Legends – Mighty Panther / Macbeth the Great (1953 – 1956)
Samba Squad “Seu Samba, Meu Samba” from Batuque
Edmundo Ros “Samba samba” from Samba Samba
Olympia Brass Band “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” from Ultimate New Orleans Second Line Funk!
Maria De Barros “Manha de Carnaval” from Nha Mundo
¡Cubanismo! “Mardi Gras Mambo (feat. John Boutté & The Yockamo All-Stars)” from Mardi Gras Mambo – ¡Cubanismo! In New Orleans (feat. John Boutté & The Yockamo All-Stars)
The Mighty Duke “Racial Segregation” from Caribbean Carnival
Ashen & Walker “Batucada Ostinata” from Rough Guide to Brazilian Street Party
Set break — KAOS Community Billboard
Maya F.S. “Samba #9” from Brazil Remixed
Mardi Gras.BB “Funkin’ Up Your Mardi Gras” from Alligatorsoup
Cesaria Evora “Carnaval de Sao Vicente” from Cafe Atlántico
Coolbone Brass Band “The saints” from Brasshop
Celia Cruz “la Vida Es un Carnaval” from Mi Vida Es Cantar
Chico César “Papo Cabeça” from Festa Brasil
Frankie Anderson “The Limbo Song” from Calypso
Nation Beat “Puxa o Boi” from Growing Stone
Harry Belafonte “Don’t Stop the Carnival” from Banana Boat Song
Liberty Brass Band “Paul Barbarin’s Second Line” from Through the Streets of the City: New Orleans Brass Bands
Toucans Steel Drum Band “Take Me to the Carnival” from Toucans Play Calypso!
The Mighty Sparrow & Lord Melody “Picong Duel” from Calypso Awakening
The Wild Tchoupitoulas “Big Chief Got a Golden Crown” from The Wild Tchoupitoulas
Zap Mama “Iko-Iko” from A Ma Zone
Set break — Spin The Globe world music concert calendar
Bakra Bata “Gimme de Ting” from Blessings in Disguise
Gilberto Gil “Tata Engenho Novo” from O Sol De Oslo
Treme Brass Band “The Sheik of Araby” from Through the Streets of the City: New Orleans Brass Bands
King Radio “Man Smart Woman Smarter” from The Rough Guide to Calypso Gold