Perhaps Samba and Bossa immediately spring to mind when thinking about Brazilian music, but in the northeastern states of Brazil, Forró reigns supreme. The first thing you need to know about Forró is how to pronounce it: FO-HO. This hip-swiveling rural party music combines the percussion-heavy dance music of Brazil with influences of rock, folk, jazz and country. Forró In The Dark has helped to pave the way for Forró Fusion music in the US and beyond. The band is a collective of four New York-based Brazilian ex-pats who bring urban cool to this traditional sound.
In Brazil, forró literally means party. Here in NYC, the best place to experience Forró In The Dark is Nublu in NYC’s East Village. Every Wednesday around midnight, the buzz inside this cavernous space grows as the bartenders churn out fresh-muddled Caipirinhas. Couples jam the floor in front of the intimate stage to dance cheek to cheek with legs often intertwined. Look closely and you just might see steam rising from the dance floor.
If you aren’t in town for Nublu’s weekly parties but still want to jam out to Forró, check out Discover Music and mix yourself Forró in the Dark’s signature drink:
2 oz Leblon Cachaça
1/2 mango, sliced
2 thin slices of jalapeño (seeds removed if you don’t like it hot)
1 oz simple syrup or 2 teaspoons sugar
Muddle mango, jalapeño and simple syrup or sugar in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and add Leblon. Shake vigorously. Serve in a rocks glass.
Story, recipe, & photo courtesy of Leblon Cachaca