Brazilian Music Friday Feature #38

This week's pick, continuing with my summer theme of featuring women musicians, is another powerful lady of axé (samba reggae), Daniela Mercury. She's a superstar in Brazil and has sold over 20 million records in her 25+ year career. I know this song, Swing da Cor, really well, since I've performed it with Batucada do Norte many times over the years - a classic!

Enjoy the song, and your weekend!

Brazilian Music Friday Feature #37

This week's pick, continuing with my summer theme of featuring women musicians, is Margareth Menezes, from Bahia. Embarrassingly, I didn't know what a legend she was until last summer when I showed up at California Brazil Camp and everyone was talking about taking her class. She's basically the queen of samba reggae! This song, Elegibô, is one of her most famous, and the lyrics make reference to the Afro-Brazilian religion candomblé, which has origins in West Africa. 

Enjoy the song, and your weekend!

Brazilian Music Friday Feature #36

Today's pick is Corta-Jaca, a maxixe written by the composer and pianist Chiquinha Gonzaga in 1895, and sung by Lysia Condé in this more modernized version. The maxixe (sometimes called Brazilian tango) was a dance that came from the Afro-Brazilianization of the polka after Europeans brought it to Brazil, and which eventually evolved into samba. Chiquinha Gonzaga wrote in many styles, and was also Brazil's first woman conductor of an orchestra, breaking many gender barriers at the time - an awesome lady! 

Below is a more traditional, instrumental version of Corta-Jaca, a recording from the early 20th century.

Enjoy the song, and your weekend!

Brazilian Music Friday Feature #35

Today's pick is the classic choro Lamentos by Pixinguinha, played by Choronas, an all-female choro group that started in 1994 in São Paulo, and are still active today. They also play baião, maxixe, and samba as part of their repertoire. You can listen to all of their SESC Brasil appearance in this playlist, too. 

Enjoy the song, and your weekend!

Brazilian Music Friday Feature #34

Happy June! During this month, (and maybe the whole summer if I'm on a roll!), I'll be featuring only music performed or composed by women.

Today's pick is the classic choro Brasileirinho, played by Choro das Tres, made up of 3 sisters and their dad, who have now been performing for 15 years, with 5 albums to their name. I've always liked the energy of this tune.  

They're apparently touring the U.S. during the second half of 2017, and I'm hoping they'll make it to Minneapolis! 

What live music are you excited to see this summer?

Enjoy the song, and your weekend!