Arrivals: Beirut – O Leãozinho


Zack Condon

Caetano Veloso

We have visited Brazil few times on our musical travels here on NoSnobsAllowed. This time it’s via New Mexico, where Zack Condon, the band leader of folk band, Beirut, hails from. His Balkan/Mariachi brass mixture suits this sweet tune by Tropicália master, Caetano Veloso, so very well. The cover version of “O Leãozinho”, among other tributes to the Brazilian music and culture, will be available on “Red Hot + Rio 2” compilation released on June 28th. The album is another release by Red Hot Organization, which raises money and awareness for fight against AIDS.

I’m hoping for a new Beirut album to be announced soon. Last time I spoke to Zack, after the Dublin gig last September, he said that it had been recorded and wiold be mastered around Christmas time. Plus Beirut is headlining one of the best festivals in the world, Electric Picnic. And while we are waiting to hear new material from Zack & Co, we have “O Leãozinho”.  And those who haven’t heard of Beirut yet, I recommend to get their hands on band’s debut album “Gulag Orkestar” this instant! It’s one of the best albums of last decade. Fresh, melodic, contagious, complete… I could go on!

And here’s the original for a good measure:

You probably figured it out by now that the song is about lions 🙂

March 30, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Arrivals. 3 comments.