Shuf­fling the Beat

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As with the first Rio, mu­sic plays a large part in Rio 2. Brazil­ian mu­si­cal leg­end Ser­gio Men­des re­turns as ex­ec­u­tive mu­sic pro­ducer and col­lab­o­rated with com­poser John Pow­ell and mu­si­cian Car­lin­hos Brown to give the movie what Sal­danha calls “a tri­an­gle of trust.”

Men­des says the se­quel gave him a chance to show off Brazil­ian mu­sic. “They go to to the Ama­zon but they travel through dif­fer­ent parts of Brazil, so the story al­lowed us to re­ally use the beau­ti­ful di­ver­sity of Brazil­ian mu­sic.” he says.

Among the di­verse mu­si­cal con­trib­u­tors to Rio 2 are R&B artist Janelle Monae, sev­eral Brazil­ian groups and Broad­way leg­end Kristin Chenoweth, who gets her own com­plete mu­si­cal num­ber.

But Men­des says his fa­vorite piece in the movie is one called “Batu­cada Fa­milia.” “It is the big cel­e­bra­tion in the jun­gle and that song is very much the spirit of all the di­ver­sity,” he says. “It’s dif­fer­ent rhythms, dif­fer­ent melodies.”

Ser­gio Men­des

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