Faced with a growing climate of intolerance, discrimination and closed borders, Nina Miranda celebrates connections. Forging resistance through creation, she sketches new possibilities and imagined musical geographies.
Rooted in a deep sense of open-spirited community, Freedom of Movement is Nina Miranda’s debut album and features a wealth of contributors from around the globe, with core band members coming from London’s Ibibio Sound Machine. For Nina Miranda, that broad-minded, human approach has been a constant thread through a restless, innovative career. From late-’90s trip-hop landmarks with Smoke City, Mark Pritchard’s Trouble Man project, to guesting on Nitin Sawhney’s concerts and albums, she’s long embraced the free-flowing exchange of collaboration. With a part in Basement Jaxx’s latest record and Gilles Peterson’s 2014 Brazil opus Brasil Bam Bam Bam, she’s an indispensable part of London’s shapeshifting musical furniture.
On this long-awaited solo debut Nina harnesses a new burst of creativity. At the start of the creative process, she sought to find a new cluster of individuals who could help her realise her nomadic inspirations through sound. “For a while, I felt l’d lost my musical anchor in London,” she recalls. “But then came an epiphany and I returned to Rio to record some new ideas with my friends Kassin and Domenico (of Rio super-band Orquestra Imperial). After an incredible recording session and with regained confidence and inspiration, I started to find magical people to create with back in the UK.”
Raised between Brazil, France and UK, her upbringing encouraged spontaneous kinds of connections. Moving to London from Rio when she was eight, she’d spend afternoons making up songs with friends such as those of the sensual Rita Lee whose LPs were posted to her on her birthdays by her dad from Brazil. Her English friends were fascinated by the Brazilian soap operas on channel 4 and the tales, music and lyrics Nina shared with them from that tropical far-away place. Meanwhile, she’d hear tales of London’s dub sound-systems from her older brother, and be kept awake by house-rattling bass-lines emanating from his room. Through these criss-crossing, continent-spanning influences, Nina has formed a particular, outsider’s perspective, informing the title—and philosophy—of her record.
Above all else, Freedom of Movement underlines Nina’s belief in the power of imaginative creation. An intricate, multi-faceted patchwork of the people and places that excite her, it stands as a rebuttal to the restrictive, negative forces she sees prevailing over the world in 2017. Nurturing the music, artwork and concept over a period of five years, it’s a deeply personal project. “I’m holding up what I love, and putting it up on a massive golden pedestal. It’s about multiculturalism, and saying why it’s beautiful.”
Produced by Nina Miranda
Some of the musicians on the album;
Kari Bannerman: (bibio Sound Machine, Osibisa, Konkomo, Odyssey, Peter Green, Hugh Masekela) guitars and vocals.
Anselmo Netto: (Brian Eno, Ibibio Sound Machine, Ed Motta) percussion, guitar, sanzula, viola caipira, bandolim, & spoken word
Chris Franck: (Smoke City, Da Lata, shrift, Zeep) Guitar, bass, percussion, keys and production.
Max Grunhard- recording, co- production Saxophone, keys
Antony Elvin: Vocals, guitars, arrangement and production.
Jansen Santana: Bass, percussion, backing vocals, guitar
Charlie Jackson, Bass, guitars, programming
Jaelee Small: Backing Vocals
Scott Baylis: Keys, trumpet.
Helder Pack: Drums, vocals.
Alix Mc Alister & Abigail Dance: Violins
Mario Bakuna; Guitar and vocals.
Xaver Fischer – Keys production (Xaver Fischer Trio, Smoke City)
Kassin: Bass, guitars
Domenico Lancelotti: Drums, Vocals.
Chico Cesar: Vocals
Peu Meurray: (Seu Jorge, Marisa Monte, Carlinhos Brown) percussion and vocals (including his recycled tire-drums) Fred d’Orey: spoken word.
Ch Straatmann Bass & vocals
Album release date: May 26 on Six Degrees Records.
15th June 2017
‘Freedom of Movement’ live party #1 at The Total Refreshment Centre, Unit 1 Farleigh Place, London N16 7SX