Marcos Sacramento, Sacramentos
Samba's great young hope reinvigorates classics of the genre.
Few younger generation singers in Rio fly the samba flag with as much historic fidelity and style as Marcos Sacramentos, reinvigorating decades-old gems by the likes of Noel Rosa, Ataulfo Alves and Cartola. It's no wonder he's been such a key force in the resuscitation of the city's Lapa district as the samba hotspot. While his approach may be old fashioned — his crack band keeps it old school with acoustic guitars and cavaquinhos tracing infectiously syncopated, criss-crossing lines and the presence of fluid, buoyant clarinets injects the music with a strong dose of choro — the energy and personality behind his delivery keeps things sounding thoroughly contemporary, and a selection of original tunes by the singer and his band mates easily transcend museum status.