Ruspô is the musical project of the Brazilian journalist Ruy Sposati. Ruy began writing and recording songs in 2011 during trips for various news outlets covering indigenous peoples conflicts in different parts of Brazil. After the release of Esses Patifes, Ruspô gained notoriety through playing time from radio stations and podcasts all over the world, Ruy ran into some trouble with the federal police and saw most of his equipment seized. As he was documenting the forced removal of the Terena indigenous population from land considered being part of their indigenous ancestral history, but now owned by an ex congressman. However this did not discourage him from continuing his work as a journalist as well as an artist.
Dourados is a 12 track record spanning over 52 minutes. It was composed and recorded on the road while the artist was covering stories in the Brazilian Amazon, with exception for Miryanga track that was produced in South Korea. Although the title of the album comes from the city of Dourados, which is the second largest city in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul and the home of the Guarani and Kaiowa indigenous people, these tribes have had a longstanding conflicts with agribusiness giants and which have been one of Ruy's main writing subjects as a journalist, it's inspiration is not limited to this particular area of the country. Dourados has the same do-it-yourself foundation as the previous record and is mainly music collages of tropical lo-fi elements paired with the voices of those living in the dystopian areas his work as a journalist have taken him to. The lyrics on the album address, amongst others, the oppression of the communities of indigenous people, police brutality and illegal imprisonment just to name a few. And although Dourados is described by the artist as “grayer” than its predecessor, it is a beautiful and diverse album that manages to blend classical instruments with modern sounds whilst keeping a great latin american vibe to it.
You can get a digital copy of Dourados on the artist's Bandcamp or you can stream Dourados from all major platforms including Spotify. Make sure to follow Ruspô on Facebook for news, new releases and tour dates.