In 2013, Talib Kweli collaborated with Seu Jorge and released Favela Love. Originally, Kweli was going to write a song about being with a woman in Brazil, but after he met Seu Jorge, Kweli was inspired to write about falling in love with Brazil.
Kweli said he was inspired by his trip to Sao Paulo and was further inspired when he met Brazilian singer and actor Seu Jorge. Favela Love features Seu Jorge singing about how much he loves Brazil and where the country fits into the world.
But what have the two done since their collaboration? And is there any chance of the two collaborating again?
Talib Kweli came from Brooklyn and is said to be one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers that have emerged in the last 20 years. Which is why the rapper has continued to be a great success, releasing several solo and collaboration albums since he worked with Seu Jorge.
Kweli has released Gravitas in 2013, with guest appearances including Raekwon, Black Thought, and The Under Achievers. In 2015, he released F*** the Money and also released a collaboration album with 9th Wonder called Indie 500. In 2017, Kweli released a solo album called Radio Silence and also released a collaboration album with Styles P called The Seven.
Musically, it has been a very busy time for Kweli as he has also been working on his own record label which is called Javotti Media. The record label which was founded in 2011, has signed artists such as Cory Mo, Space Invadaz (Speed Charles Walton III and Donte the Gr8 of MOOD), Jessica Care Moore, K’Valentine, and Brazilian MC Niko Is.
In 2016, Kweli released a compilation mixtape to promote Javotti Media’s developing artists. The mixtape is called Awful People Are Great at Parties.
According to Luiz Alonso, a music expert from Reviewbox, “Since the collaboration with Kweli, the Brazilian-born Seu Jorge’s career and life have gone from strength to strength. Seu Jorge, who found himself homeless in 1989, has now released eight solo discographies and starred in over 15 films. He has performed a number of festivals and now lives with his wife and children in Los Angeles.”
In 2015, Seu Jorge headlined at the Sydney Festival, which was a free live show in The Domain with the capacity for 60,000 people. Not only that but Seu Jorge was also nominated for the 16th Latin Grammy Awards in the Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album category in 2015.
In 2016, Seu Jorge performed at the 2016 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony in Rio de Janerio. Which was the same year he starred in the film Pelé: Birth of a Legend. In 2017, Seu Jorge performed The Life Aquatic Tribute to David Bowie, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, after Bowie’s death.
As you can see, the two have been very busy, but there’s no denying the two singers enjoyed working together, so we might get to see a collaboration in the future.