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Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, 'Dirt Off Your Shoulder'

One of the highlights of my summer has been the weekly appearance of a shaved ice truck in our neighborhood. I'm a bit too old to be lining up for snow cones with a bunch of nine year olds, but what really makes me smile is the music coming from the truck's speakers. Steel drum covers of modern-day classics by Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and more spill from the windows as the truck rolls down the street.

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band has been making joyful music like this for years from its home in Hamburg, Germany, expertly crafting steel drum versions of hip-hop and funk classics from the '70s to the modern day. From its new album Expansions, here's a spot-on cover of Jay-Z and Timbaland's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" that's as charming and infectious as the sound of the ice cream truck rounding your corner on a summer afternoon.

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Brian Burns is the Music Director for WUNC Music, WUNC's AAA music discovery station. He has been working within the local music scene for over a decade. On the weekends you might see him DJing at various spots around the Triangle, or digging through boxes of records. He's also the host of King Street Soul on WHUP in Hillsborough, NC and a contributor to NPR Music. He graduated from UNC’s School of Information and Library Science with an MSLS in 2015.
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