Now that this album has been released in North America I offer the following:
This is an extremely sophisticated album given the very important premise that Daniela Mercury is in essence making a huge declaration by entitling the work Canibalia.
Canibália's "mission" according to press, is to reach into the future by traveling through the continuum of two significant upheavals that marked Brazilian culture forever: The Brazilian Modernist Movement spawned by the Oswaldo Andrade's 1928 Manifesto Antropófago, the 1968 Tropicalia Movement launched by Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso's recording Tropicália: ou Panis et Circensis.
Andrade's manifesto argues that based on the premise that the history of Brazil has, as its greatest strength, the power to cannibalize others and simultaneously plays with the idea of cannibalism as a modern primitivism; like a presumed tribal rite. Cannibalism then, becomes a way for Brazil to reaffirm itself against the cultural domination of Post Colonial Europe.
The NY Times/ Jon Pareles nails it:"The Brazilian songwriter and singer Daniela Mercury titled her latest album, "Canibália" ("Cannibalism"), to allude to the 1928 "Manifesto Antropófago" ("Cannibal Manifesto"), a defining work of Brazilian modernism by the poet Oswald de Andrade, which praises Brazilian culture for devouring and digesting other cultures. That's a declaration of serious ambition that the album lives up to."
and " "smart, euphoric, time-tangling Brazilian pop: as traditional as a samba band or a carnival beat at one moment, an excursion into electronics, hip-hop or jazz the next."