Magary Lord of Bahia, Brazil brings his unstoppable get-up and get-down world-class groove to Jazz Fest.
Magary Lord has developed a huge fan base in Salvador de Bahia with a new sound rooted in Angola, Africa: Black Semba. This year, he headlined Salvador’s Black Semba float for Salvador’s Carnival and performed with Araketu, one of the most traditional afro groups in Salvador.
Magary Lord grew up drumming on cans in the streets of Salvador and dancing behind floats during Carnival season. He trained with master percussionist Bira Reis and started performing at bars and alternative music venues around the Pelourinho, the historical center of Salvador. Later on, he partnered with guitarrist Fábio Alcântara to develop his own style, Black Semba. He has recorded two albums, “Magary Black Semba Bahia” in 2007 and “Escutando Magary” in 2011. Magary Lord has collaborated and performed with other singers and composers including Seu Jorge, Banda Eva’s lead singer Saulo Fernandes, Ivete Sangalo and Xuxa Meneghel. The artist, who has just finished recording his DVD at Vila Velha Theather, in Salvador, was one of the main attractions for the traditional New Year’s eve celebration at Farol da Barra, gathering 500,000 people.