Bonfires of Sao Joao – Forro in the Dark


Bonfires of Sao Joao is Forro in the Dark’s beautiful, dance-inspiring international debut. Bandleader Mauro Refosco leads Forro into the album with “Indios Do Norte”, sounding like a Spaghetti Western chase scene. Two songs later they stretch into feel-good territory, with David Byrne making a guest vocal appearance, singing his own English version of the Brazilian classic “Asa Branca”. Cibo Matto’s Miho Hatori joins the band to sing “Paraiba”, a Japanese version of a Luis Gonzaga song originally recorded in the fifties. And on the album’s sublime climax, Bebel Gilberto joins the band to sing a version of “Wandering Swallow”, a song originally released by Peggy Lee.