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Badi Assad has some incredible technique goin' on (YouTube) and charisma to burn. The 41-year-old Brazilian singer and guitarist comes from a musical family and has been signed to a pretty prestigious North-American record label. Of course these days there is the obligatory Wikipedia entry and her MySpace page. Here's an interview (from ten years ago) wherein she discusses her music. So far as I can see those hips and those lips and those fingertips don't lie. [Much more Badi Assad on YouTube]
posted by St Urbain's Horseman (24 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow, is that her real name?
posted by tidecat at 5:45 PM on August 10, 2007


INSTA-CRUSH!!1!
posted by YoBananaBoy at 5:49 PM on August 10, 2007


Thank you, St U's H. What an amazing woman.
posted by tidecat at 5:59 PM on August 10, 2007


Wow, is that her real name?

Well, she is pretty bad-ass, as indicated in the OP's tags. She's quite an excellent musician, and I really like to see people doing out-of-the-ordinary performance techniques like the mouth percussion and all. I gotta say, though, there's something about her stage persona, her particular brand of theatrics and delivery, that I find overly showy and cloying. That's just my opinion, of course: these kind of gut reactions to a musician's personality are, naturally, very personal.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:03 PM on August 10, 2007 [1 favorite]


(flapjax, I had the same reaction. Somehow I was reminded of Celine Dion.)
posted by andihazelwood at 6:04 PM on August 10, 2007


If given the opportunity, I would be willing to chalk up showy and cloying as cultural differences.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 6:16 PM on August 10, 2007


I've been listening to the Assad brother for 20 years or so. Latin American Music for Two Guitars is an amazing album, two guitars but so tight it sounds like one person and a brilliant translation of a Piazzolla piece that incredibly percussive and melodic.
posted by doctor_negative at 6:17 PM on August 10, 2007


If given the opportunity, I would be willing to chalk up showy and cloying as cultural differences.

Sorry, but you won't be given the opportunity.

Seriously, though, I don't think so. There are many, many Brazilian singers and musicians whose performance styles are nothing like this person's. Her stage manner and style of delivery are not inherently "Brazilian", nor are they somehow culturally unique to Brazil. Indeed, her performance style has more in common with, say Canadian Celine Dion (as andihazelwood observed) than with fellow Brazilians like Flora Purim, Gal Costa or Marisa Monte.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:36 PM on August 10, 2007


You have proven yourself proud, man: angry shortman/musician. Thanks for the derail. Get over yourself.
posted by St Urbain's Horseman at 6:52 PM on August 10, 2007


St Urbain's Horseman: That wasn't a derail. Talking about the posted links, discussing them pro or con, that's what happens here at MetaFilter. Now, I see this is your first post to the blue, but I also gather that you were a MeFite before, under another username, judging by the songs you've posted. So what's with this telling people to "get over" themselves, especially when they're simply discussing your links? What we do around here is talk about things. Learn what a derail actually is before you start accusing me of making one. I doubt if you could find anyone here at MeFi who would classify my comments in this thread as a "derail".

And what's with that "angry shortman/musician" bit? WTF? You're coming off as someone who's just ticked off that I didn't simply praise this singer to the skies. Although I did indeed have some nice things to say about her in my first comment.

Ironically, your comment is the first actual derail in this thread. You'd be advised to go back and read this:

"Comments should not be directed at other members of the site -- remember to stick to the subject and issues raised by the post, not the person who made it or others that commented on it."

Anyway, since your posted songs seem to indicate that you had some sort of run-in with mathowie (and perhaps by extension, MetaFilter as a whole) I'd say you're not getting off to a great start here in the blue, Mr. Horseman.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:26 PM on August 10, 2007


You win MetaFilter.

Congratulations. Yer a cunt. (oops)
posted by St Urbain's Horseman at 7:35 PM on August 10, 2007 [8 favorites]


Wow.
That went right to idiotic.
But the point about the Assad brothers was way interesting and something I'll look into.
She does seem to have gobs and gobs of talent and skill, but it's not my cup of meat, at least not that song. I will look further into her music though.
So thanks for that. And luckily the feces smell is not overpowering.
posted by From Bklyn at 7:45 PM on August 10, 2007


[A couple comments removed. You do need to go to Metatalk for your flameout, if anywhere.]
posted by cortex at 10:50 PM on August 10, 2007


Nah. I emailed Matt for a self-ban. Mission accomplished and I will never warm to Mr. Midnight Pancakes. You musician-types are too much for me. So it goes.
posted by St Urbain's Horseman at 11:43 PM on August 10, 2007 [2 favorites]


Mission accomplished and I will never warm to Mr. Midnight Pancakes.

Reckon that was your own mission, there, fellow. And as for never "warming" to me, well, I guess I'll just have to live with that.

And you know who else said "mission accomplished", right?

Now, then, anyone else wanna talk about this singer? She is, as mentioned above, pretty bad-ass!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:55 PM on August 10, 2007


I hadn't heard about Badi Assad until today, but I have to agree with doctor_negative on the Assad brothers. Their CD of keyboard pieces by Rameau, Scarlatti, Couperin and Bach arranged for two guitars is worth checking out.
posted by the number 17 at 1:22 AM on August 11, 2007


I agree that she's a little dramatic, both in terms of physical movement and vocal styling. However, despite that her music is awesome, and she is totally sexy (maybe in a danger Will Robinson train wreck way, but still).
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:24 AM on August 11, 2007


Please do bear in mind you're watching a live performance with close up cameras. She's definitely rocking out with her bad self, but in the performance space distance would mute the element of self-congratulatoryness somewhat.
posted by Sparx at 2:04 AM on August 11, 2007


taste you know... thanks for the post because badi assad is a unique performer. I have to say that I've always found that her music lacks some unity and life of its own. I like a performer who knows to stay behind the music itself, like cristina azuma, for instance, when she plays parazula. Celso Machado, btw, is a great brazilian performer (I think he lives in the Vancouver area now) but also a wonderful composer. His music is so strong that it is just as delightful when it is played by amateurs.
posted by nicolin at 4:44 AM on August 11, 2007


ooops !

sorry, there are not really amateurs. But I think that they are.
posted by nicolin at 9:19 AM on August 11, 2007


I've enjoyed her album Chameleon for a few years now, but never thought to find video of her playing. Regardless of how she looks while rocking out, she's awesome.
posted by danb at 10:10 AM on August 11, 2007


btw, just found out on this page of celso machado's website that he's going to play with the assad brothers and badi assad in new york and boston next january.
posted by nicolin at 5:15 AM on August 12, 2007


she's looking very busy. badi assad will be in melbourne october 21.
thanks metafilter.
posted by de at 6:06 AM on August 12, 2007


sorry. on preview thank you St Urbain's Horseman.
posted by de at 6:16 AM on August 12, 2007


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