Shuffling the Beat
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.”