MM:045 – Tata Ogan
Truth be told, this week’s Métron mixtape comes from a fairly mysterious source. Rio de Janeiro’s Tata Ogan doesn’t say much (see her interview below for proof), opting to allow the music do the talking. Her online presence is minimal, yet the Brazilian DJ is gaining a reputation as one of Rio’s finest selectors and a keen supporter of local music. Regular performances in her home municipality have lead to gigs around Brazil including upcoming sets at RBMA Festival in São Paulo. She’s also a regular participant in the Beat Brasilis project in São Paulo, where DJs get together and edit the same randomly selected old record, and is beginning to compose her own music.
After hearing a fantastic set of hers on Na Manteiga radio I asked if she would be interested in compiling a Brazuka set for Métron. The sun shines a lot in Brazil and it’s translated into the sunny sounds compiled by Tata. A sauntering collection of Latin Boogie that slips seamlessly from African influences and various local genres including Samba, Forró, Carimbó and folk.
Tata tells me that Ogan means Boss in Yorubá (a West African language), whilst that’s about all she has told me it’s clear from her fantastic sets that she sure is one.
I had an extremely brief chat with Tata which you can see below. We might also get a tracklist some time.
Hey Tata, thanks so much for your mix, it’s fantastic. Can you tell us a bit about the tracks you selected?
It was a mix of my research of Brazilian music and songs that have been with me for years.
Can you remember when you first realised you had a passion for music?
I fell in love with music when I was 6 years old, when I saw a boy playing a berimbau.
What is it about Brazilian music that makes it so special to you?
The richness and diversity of Brazilian music makes it very special.
Tell me a bit about Rio and the scene there right now?
The music scene in Rio de Janeiro is a mix of diverse traditional cultures that are found in great metropolises like Rio and São Paulo. In Rio we have all the niches of these Brazilian traditional cultures like maracatu, afoxé, coco, carimbó and tradicional samba.
What have you got planned in 2017?
Many trips, and the release of some of my own compositions.
We always ask for a few personal recommendations, stuff that we might have missed, any suggestions?
Words & interview by Jack Hardwicke.