It’s been a while since we’ve had a musically-themed post on Eat Rio so I’m delighted to return to the subject today. Recently life has been a big whirl of food tours, writing gigs and a few other bits and pieces thrown in – that hasn’t left me much time for music. Luckily, not so long ago, the music came to me!
Boima Tucker booked an Eat Rio Food Tour with us back in February as his parents were visiting. Despite taking bookings from people from all over the world I don’t think I’d ever seen the name Boima before and my curiosity got the better of me. After a little Googling I found that Boima is also known as Chief Boima and (amongst other things) is a Sierra Leonean-American music producer, DJ and writer who is currently living in Rio.
Although his food tour was guided by my fellow guide Angela, I managed to grab a few words with Boima at the end of the tour and then followed up later with an interview (completed on 30th March – yes, I’ve been busy!).
Before we go any further, how about something from the man himself? This is a new remix of the track Sucre by Cocotaxi which Boima released last week. In Boima’s words, this “fuses the Afro-Bolivian Saya tradition with pan-African rhymes delivered by Mexican rapper Bocafloja” – how could you not be intrigued by that?
B: I think people always have something to learn from each other! However, a lot of information exchange about culture, politics, and society in general today has happened without anyone saying that it should or not. I’m just interested in how it tuns out!
To put it a little more clearly, what I’m most interested in when it comes to global youth culture is the ways in which young people, who are communicating virtually across international and local social boundaries, are able to navigate and alter (or not) the realities of their physical or tangible world. As you can imagine Rio is a fascinating place to observe in terms of social boundaries, and navigation — so I do find the city fascinating in terms of its various youth culture scenes!
How/where can we see/hear more from you? Do you have any gigs/performances/releases coming up?