NEUNENEU travels the sound space like a migratory bird, recognizes geography and travels by an ancestral instinct, searching for its origin.
THE EYE IN THE WORLD
"NEUNENEU" is a Mehinaku expression that means “human plurality” and refers to the Mehinaku people as humanity, inhabitants of the Xingu Indigenous Park in Mato Grosso, Central Brazilian Amazon and expresses their peculiar process of inclusion and understanding of all beings existing in the human realm, be it as rational, animal, supernatural, animated and inanimate
The word Neuneneu refers to the actual circumstances and needs of confrontation with contemporary surrounding humanity. The actual process requires interaction.Trading art is more often practiced to keep, as a valid learning, the survival experience.
The West-African kora, as played by Ravi with his own unique style, has the intensity and transparency to underline the melodies and the Brazilian indigenous voices, interpreted by Marlui Miranda, whilst showing an African polyrhythmic phrasing so peculiar of Brazilian musical heritage, combined with the subtle African and Celtic flavours
Since 1971, Marlui Miranda has been devoted to the research and performance of Indigenous Brazilian music . She is recognized as the most knowledgeable performer and researched hundreds of songs of the Brazilian Amazon. Marlui Miranda is concerned to preserve, copyright protect, highlight the music and talents of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazilian Amazon.
The Brazilian native Marlui Miranda was adopted in 1994 as a musician apprentice and daughter of the shaman Yanuno Mehinaku, sister of musicians Kamalurre Mehinaku, Aparitá Mehinaku, Uyai Mehinaku and Karanai Mehinaku. She learned chants, dances and flutes takwara, kuluta, watanate, watana, and the dances of various rituals. She learned to sing with many indigenous peoples their songs, chants, dances. They are usually appreciative of her singing, knowing she performs fragments of the chants, a new category that demonstrates their interest on the diverse manners to perform their music, as ways of contact with the outside world.
Marlui Miranda is director of Association IHU, an NGO that promotes indigenous culture and has been building capacity of various indigenous groups in Brazil to allow these peoples to produce their own CDs, operate professional equipment and catalogue their repertoire. She has been working in this sense with the Tuyuka,Suruí and Panará Peoples. The Tuyuka produced the CD Utapinopona Basamori, Tuyuka Ceremonies. The Panará People are developing Sâkiõri –Reunion project, which will bring positive results for the community on preservation of their immaterial patrimony. The IHU Association has been working in partnership with SESC-SP, ISA- Socio Environmental Institute, Ministry of Culture , Government of Amapá State, during Governor João Alberto Capiberibe´s term.
Marlui Miranda and Ravi met originaly on Ravi's "Afro-Brazilian Project" CD in 2002 in Brazil and then again during the London University Conference on “Multiculturalism and Latin American Music” in 2003, where Marlui was performing. Due to the success of their first musical meeting, they decided to create a new musical project: Neuneneu-Humanity
Neuneneu-Humanity is a collection of songs of many Brazilian Amazon groups, many humanities. It unveils a delicate character behind each song, like the fast walk through a secular path to reach the next village, though the greenness of the rainforest, the endless green, the eyes of animals shining red, green, in the night, by the lagoons. The smell of beiju, a manioc pancake, while it is prepared by women in the afternoon whilst storytelling to children. The simplicity is permeating musical details, to allow music to express itself through simple resources and a transparent musical environment. Vocals range from a character to other, from women to children, men to women, elders, in a sweet, moved and intense way.
Each song has its particular language, and its peculiar identity. Repertoire was selected to bring us near to circular songs, mantra-like songs, to bring the lightness of atmosphere and character they come from. Most of indigenous songs have this quality, for the purposes of rituals, healing, chants to uplift the conscience. These qualities are common to the whole humankind. Ideas of environmental awareness, nature, family relationships are embedded within the song’s texts.
Neuneneu - Humanity represents a hybrid of cultures, crossing over the Amazonian indigenous chants towards African and British musical-instrumental boundaries.
Neuneneu travels the sound space like a migratory bird, recognizes geography and travels by an ancestral instinct, searching for its origin.
Musical Direction - Marlui Miranda
Produced by Ravi and Marlui Miranda
Translations – Portuguese – English – Indigenous - Marlui Miranda
Lyric’s informants João do Vale Pekiririwa Katxuyana, Kamalurre Mehinaku, Raimundo Jaboti, Idiaraga Suruí, Anísio Aruá, Etxowé Tupari,
Ravi's music is the result of a lifetime exploring the edges of music through songwriting, world music and a journey that
has taken him from India to the indigenous musical and spiritual culture of The Amazon. Ravi plays open tuned guitar, is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and also one of the longest established European players of the kora (West African harp)....more