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The best kept secret in music



May 27, 2004
BRAZILIAN MUSICIAN Xande Cruz has been spicing up the Philadelphia club scene with his music since his arrival in July 2002.

Xande (pronounced Sean-Gee) Cruz takes a lil' bit of the Afro-Brazilian music he was raised on, adding some percussion and electronic sounds. Then he meshes in some horns - and he's got himself a one-of-a-kind sound.

Listening beyond the Xande style, one hears lyrics where such issues as social inequality, Brazil-U.S. cultural differences and, of course, love are addressed.

Cruz's performances are also quite visual: Xande feverishly pounding the surdo, a bass drum, or the congas, while getting his body and his dreadlocks into the rhythm. He also uses recycled items such as plastic 5-gallon water jugs or various pieces of scrap metal to accentuate his Sound.

Cruz performed as a percussionist with bands in New York, Miami and Rio de Janiero before he settled in Philly.

The Sao Paolo native, who sells his current project, the EP "Luz," at his shows, performs tonight. He plays with his band Batukis, which includes Dmuse on vocals and Rue Capone on turntables. (Offstage, Dmuse is Cruz's wife, Deanna Hagan.) - The Philadelphia Daily News


Xande Cruz's debut album, LUZ, will be released in April 2006.


Feeling a bit camera shy


XANDE (pr. shan-ji) CRUZ and the BATUKIS BAND debuts with a sound that's fresh off the streets, rooted in Afro-Brazilian tradition, and steeped in pop melodies and flavors. Mixing Brazilian percussion with turntables and samples, funk guitars, bass, drums, horns and rich vocals, Cruz's soulful sound is like none other. With subtle nuances of Brazilian legend, Gilberto Gil, as well as Jamaican legend, Bob Marley, Xande pays tribute to their great influences while redefining "world music". Xande Cruz is a true showman, playing over twenty different percussion instruments, he blesses audiences with magical rhythms with energizing vocals.

A descendant of an indigenous Brazilian father and a Bahian mother, Xande was born and raised in the largest city in South America, Sao Paulo. Cruz was profoundly inspired by Popular Brazilian Music (MPB), traditional Afro-Brazilian music and listening to his father’s vinyl records as a child. Later, after moving to New York, Cruz drew from his exposure to the 80’s hip-hop movement and electronica. As a percussionist, Cruz toured with samba schools in Japan and South Korea, and performed with various Brazilian pop bands, African drum ensembles, dance troupes and theatrical productions.

Xande Cruz's debut solo project, LUZ, approaches an atypical sound from his rhythmic, percussive roots perspective and from there creates memorable harmonies woven into the fabric of his art and his identity. Lyrics inspired by experiences of social inequality, love, and the cultural peculiarities of Brazil and the US. Following no one particular genre, his appeal is to an extensive audience, moving every listener. LUZ, defines Xande Cruz’s commitment to folklore, urban and melodic sounds. The mix of percussion and electronics, horns, vocals, and guitars surpasses genre boundaries, redefines Brazilian music and is fed by a pure and constant passion for his art, Cruz’s homeland, and "the light at the beginning of the tunnel" (luz no começo do tunel).


booking and management
Bianca White
215.668.7134 / booking@xandecruz.com
Paul Dunnaville
215.965.1573 / booking@xandecruz.com