Ritmeloxá, with its afro jazz stylings, is a tribute to the Orixás, or dieties, of candomblé.
Even the album name itself is a homage. The album was given the name Ritmeloxá by co-collaborator Jochen Eisentraut when he combined the Portuguese word for rhythms, ritmos, with the name of the Orixá of peace, Oxalá.
This collaboration between Welsh saxophonist Jochen Eisentraut and Brazilian percussionist Bira Santos came together when Jochen visited Salvador as part of an exchange program to discover the unique candomblé rhythms of the region. His studies with Bira led to a collaboration that resulted in a show and album.
- Afro Jazz (3:11)
- Oxum (5:30)
- Engenho Gaza (6:19)
- Oxossi (4:18)
- Y Dwr Glan (Aguas Claras) (2:41)
- Sete (4:40)
- Puxando de Rede (4:55)
- Bata (3:24)
Total runtime: 34:58
All songs are either from the public domain or are original compositions of Bira’s. All arrangements are by Bira and Jochen.
Musicians & Instruments
- Bira Santos: atabaque, conga, berimbau, agogô
- Jochen Eisentraut: saxophone
- Vanderson Baobá: moringa
- Musical direction: Bira Santos & Jochen Eisentraut
- Cover design: Nel Povey
- Cover photo: Padmapani Patanasiri
- Recording location: Sobrasa Estudio