EMERSOUND – pure essence of Samba, Rap, Maracatú, Afro-Beat, Pop, Funky and Reggae- was created by the charismatic Brazilian singer Emerson Araújo.

He started his career as percussionist at the Samba school “Vai Vai”, the multiple winner of the Sao Paulo carnival. Though his music is rooted in Samba, it is quite individual and full of swing, similar to that of Jorge Benjor.

Emerson combines the traditional rhythms with modern Hip Hop and other Latino music styles and creates his EMERSOUND, a very special, urban and extremely energetic fusion of Samba, Reggae, Rap and Funky – music to drum up enthusiasm with his audience.


Emerson Araujo has had two successful careers in Brazil and Chile already. Now he finally relocated to Berlin for good, ready to take Europe with his band EMERSOUND by storm.

He has been performing in a number of different projects, and is among others currently part of Peter Fox drumlineschool BÄM.

Brought up in Sao Paulo, with roots in Colombia, Emerson Araujo has alwas played music that transcended musical genres. After arriving in Berlin and learning German, Emerson experimented with German lyrics as well. On his new album Musica Propria however, he returned to his native tongue. Still, there will be bonus tracks entirely in German.

Emersound‘s new album Musica Propria was released in 2016.

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Alongside EMERSOUND the album features many friends and companions of Emerson‘s. Among them Ajani McDowell, Hector Coco Barez (Calle 13), Victor Vagh and Daveman.

EMERSOUND’s albums Mi Raza and Live en Santiago de Chile were released across Europe for the first time in November 2015.

The highlight, of course, is to experience the irresistible EMERSOUND grooves live in a concert. It is a rhythm full of verve that carries off everybody, a modern music eluding all Samba clichés.

EMERSOUND in brief:

Origin – São Paulo – Brazil

Period of Activity: Since 2004

EMERSON Collaborations:

En Paz – Joe Wasconcelos 2005 – Chile
Fredi Turbina – 31 Minutos 2005 – Chile
Television – 31 Minutos 2005 – Chile
Yo Pino – 31 Minutos 2001 -Chile
Quando Pienses en Volver 2006 Pedro Suares Vertiz – Peru
Kaya 2007 – Ema Pinto – Chile
De Brasil a Panama 2007 – Jimmy Fernandez – Panama
Vendaval 2007 Marcelo Vergara – Chile
Media Luna 2008 Javier Barria – Chile
Y Te Voy a Dar 2010 Jose Luis Barba – Cuba
Sintonia 2010= Zeca Barreto – Brazil
Apaga a TV 2010 Luciano Maluco – Brazil
De Brasil a Panama ( Live) Coky Antiface – Chile
Schön Anzusehen 2012 – Ajani MaCdowell – Jamaica
Si tu Supieras 2013 – Hector Barez el Coco (Calle 13 )- Puerto Rico
Lass alles Raus 2014 – Fernando Bolacha – SP Brazil
Estica o Chiclete, Nao se Detenha, Caminhos 2016 – Victor Vagh- Paris France


EMERSOUND…from Brazil to Europe

  • As a member of the Samba School “Vai vai”, Emerson de Araújo accompanied well-established musicians such as Jorge Aragão, Almir Guineto, Arlindo Cruz, Sombrinha and Morais Moreira.
  • In 1995 he formed his first band „Papo fino“ in “Bairro da Saúde” (São Paulo). All seven members of the band had a vast repertoire of different Latin music styles and created a very special mix of Salsa and Samba, with which they were well known in a huge number of clubs in and out the center of Sao Paulo.
  • In 1999 Emerson left the band to initiate his solo career as a percussionist. Three years later, he followed an invitation of the Brazilian embassy in Chile to attend as a percussionist an academic conference on `rural historical writings of north Brazilian culture and customs´ in Santiago de Chile.
  • He decided to stay and started to play with the very well known Joe Vasconcellos all over Chile.
  • In 2005 Emerson was asked by the Film Production „Aplaplac“ to sing and synchronize some of the figures of Latin Americas famous children’s program „31 minutos“.
  • In cooperation with the producer Pedro Melo, Emerson realized his first CD (MI RAZA / 2006) which consists entirely of his own compositions. The album was distributed by „Oveja Negra“ and edited by Warner Chappell.
  • The song „No-K-Che-Na“ reached the Top 10 of the most frequented radio stations and internet platforms. Besides, it was nominated for the Chilean Music Award „Altazor“ in the category “creative lyrics” and “musical realization”.
  • In 2008 Emerson started to play at festivals in Spain, Italy, France, Croatia, UK, Switzerland and Germany, and laid the foundation for his European career.
  • In Berlin he met the Percussion Group „Brasil Power Drums“ and joined them for some more festivals in Korea (Seoul Drums Festival), Morocco (Musique du Monde), UK (New Castle Festival), Croatia (Zagreb und Split) and Czech Republic (Prague).
  • His second disc (LIVE IN SANTIAGO DE CHILE / 201o) was recorded by the University of Chile radio station during a live concert.
  • In 2012 Emerson recorded his first DVD at “Kulturbrauerei”, a well-known venue for good live music in Berlin. In this live show he was accompanied by four female drummer of the Maracatu group „Baque Forte Berlin“
  • In 2014 Emersound delivered in the course of the World Cup the soundtrack for Public Viewing at “11 Friends” and composed together with the musician – producer Ajani MacDowell (Peter Fox, Patrice, Fanta4) his first German single “Schön anzusehen”

10 years of festivals and clubs around the world…

  • Barcelona Fiestas de Gracia (2006)
  • Sala Master Santiago de Chile (2007)
  • Seoul Ferstival Drums (2009)
  • Zagreb World Festival (2009)
  • New Castle Carnival (2010)
  • Essaouira Festival Gnaoua Marroko Feat B.P.D ( 2010)
  • KulturBrauerei feat. Dj Garrincha (2010)
  • Yaam Club Berlin (2011/2012/2013)
  • Sony Center Berlin (2011)
  • Big Bang Barcelona (2012)
  • SO36 (2012)
  • Fusion Festival (2013/2014)
  • Coburg Samba Festival (2013/2014/2015)
  • ZDF Morning Show (2014)
  • Postbahnhof – 11 Freunde WM Quartier ( 2014 )
  • Planet un Flowers Hamburg (2014)
  • Altonale Hamburg ( 2015)
  • Burg Herzberg Festival(2016)
  • Zwarte Cross Festival -Holland (2016)
  • Pivo in cvetje- Eslovenia (2016)