TITA LIMA at Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West, 416-588-0307), Friday (June 13), 10 pm. $15. And as part of NXNE at the Rex Hotel (194 Queen West, 416-598-2475), Saturday (June 14), 11 pm. $12, free w/ NXNE wristband (see page 62). Rating: NNNNN
A number of reunited acts are playing NXNE, but regrettably the reformed tropicália titans Os Mutantes are not among them. However, hugely promising São Paulo samba soul sensation Tita Lima could be the next best thing, since she’s the daughter of Mutantes bassist co-founder Arnaldo Baptista.
Since Lima is admirably determined to make her own way rather than ride on the reputation of her famous father, her family affiliation isn’t widely known outside Brazil. But if you listen to Lima’s progressive spin on MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) on her fabulous debut disc, 11:11 – championed by sussed DJs like Gilles Peterson – her roots come through in the bass-heavy pulse of every track.
The fact that Lima will be accompanied by a solid support cast of musicians who’ve played with Airto Moreira, Sergio Mendes and Jurassic 5 should make for two exceptionally hot shows.