Highland pipes with cuica? Timbales with Celtic whistles? It's so crazy, it just might work. The eight-member band (three pipers, five percussionists), which started as a batucada group, added pipes to their music to appear "more traditional" when playing at a football (soccer) game. The blend stuck, and on this 1999 album, they plunge into a storm of high-energy tunes as well as ballads and even the Brazilian classic "Asa Branca."
[mp3] Mac Umba:
from the album BruHuhaho
Happy Spring! (and to my southern friends, happy Autumn!)