The record was compiled by The Red Hot Organization to raise funds for HIV/AIDS, the organization having previously commissioned Dark Was The Night, Red Hot & Riot in 2002 and the original Red Hot + Rio in 1996.
Red Hot & Rio 2 features John Legend, Os Mutantes, Devendra Banhart, Caetano Veloso, Dirty Projectors, Seu Jorge, Beck, Bebel Gilberto, José Gonzalez, Tom Zé, Of Montreal, Marisa Monte, Gogol Bordello, DJ Dolores, Aloe Blacc, Angelique Kidjo, Rita Lee, Madlib, Money Mark, Céu, Apollo Nove, Mayra Andrade, Trio Mocotó, Tha Boogie, Alice Smith, Carlinhos Brown, Los Van Van, Brazilian Girls, Marcos Valle, St. Vincent, Neon Indian, Forró In The Dark, Mia Doi Todd, Javelin and many more. You can hear the entire album over on NPR and for more information on the project see twitter and facebook.
In March of this year, Red Hot held a session in a Brooklyn loft with appearances from the National, Yeasayer and the Dirty Projectors. Here Zach Condon explains his choice of cover, singing in Portuguese and playing a Brazilian song in Ireland before performing a brilliant version of ‘O Leãozinho’.
Beirut play Electric Picnic on Sunday, September 4th, full European tour dates below.
Full tour dates:
03-Jul EU St. Gallen Switzerland Montreuz Jazz Fest
05-Jul EU Ferrara Italy Castello Piazza w/ The National
07-Jul EU Novisad Serbia EXIT Festival
09-Jul EU Trencin Slovakia Pohoda Festival
12-Jul EU Arles France Festival Les Suds
14-Jul EU Meco Portugal Super Bock Super Rock Festival
16-Jul EU Benicassim Spain Benicassim Festival
18-Jul EU Lyon France Festival Nuits De Fourviere
20-Jul EU Nyon Switzerland Paleo Festival
29-Jul US Portland ME State Theater
02-Sep UK Dorset UK End of the Road
04-Sep IRE Stradbally Ireland Electric Picnic
06-Sep UK Manchester UK Academy
08-Sep EU Amsterdam Holland Paradiso
12-Sep EU Paris France Olympia
14-Sep EU Brussels Belgium AB
16-Sep UK London UK Brixton Academy