Rio 2 Soundtrack

Music legend Sergio Mendes continues his collaboration with composer John Powell with the Rio 2 soundtrack. During a reent interview, the musician talked about working with Carlinhos Brown and Powell to create the Rio 2 tune “Batacuda Familia.”

“The idea was to have a celebration of the family getting together again,” said Mendes about the song, which also features vocals from Jamie Foxx, Rita Moreno, Siedah Garrett, and Rachel Crow. “So Carlinhos Brown, we’ve been writing songs for a long time now. Batucada (translates to) having a lot of percussion. (So we came up) with something very positive, sunny, and colorful. We sat at the piano and John Powell also co-wrote the song with us.”

Mendes, whose next album Magic comes out in June, explained that there is a marked difference between producing a soundtrack and working on one’s own album. “The movie guides us,” he added. “That’s what we write music for. It’s different if I’m writing a song for my record. If I’m writing for an animated movie like Rio you have to think about the children, the melody has to be simple, not too complicated and then you have to have the joy that the rhythmical part of Brazilian music brings.”

To check out the full interview with Sergio Mendes, in which he discusses his memories of jazz great Cannonball Adderly and his touring plans, check out the Q&A article on Deepest Dream.

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