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Brazil has a lot of
hardly known music styles that are very interesting to get to know.
First of all to mention Chorinhos. This style is even in Brazil
nowadays a little bit unknown with the younger generation. It appeared
in the beginning of the century and one of the best known and also one
of the best song to represent the style is the chorinho called
Brasileirinho of the composer Charles Azevedo (… to ..)
composed in .
Another well-known representative song is Tico Tico do Fuba of the
The chorinho-style is typically played on the 4 string cavaquinho, a
jukelile type of instrument. Sometimes the solo-instrument is a flauta.
Chorinhos are normally fast melodies and solos accompanied by a
samba-type of rhythm played with pandeiro, 7-string acoustic guitars,
base and other percussion.
One of the best players and composer of many well-known chorinhos was
Jacob do Bandolim. Instead of a cavaquinho as solo-instrument he used
the 8-string bandolim and he composed many very nice songs like:
Assanhado, Doce de coco, …..
More very good chorinhos are:
Complete list of chorinhos by composer:
Pagode is a variation of samba. Even quick it is slightly slower but
with more melody and string instruments as well as percussion. A pagoda
group normally consists of a pandeiro, a timba percussion, one or more
cavaquinhos who are the base of the rhythm with typical fast beats. The
pattern of these beats are irregular, -… And together with
the pandeiro they make the swing of the music. Then there is a normal 6
or a 7 string guitar and more percussion instruments. One or more male
or female singers.
Very popular artists like Zeca Pagodinho, Martinho
da Vila, Clara Nunes, Jorge Arragão play pagode as well as
the bands Revelação, Fundo do Quintão
Popular songs that demonstrate well the style:
Deixa a vida me lever
More good pagode songs are:
Complete list of pagode:
There are many styles in the samba itself like
samba enredo (…) samba canção
… but the best known samba is the samba as played by the
samba-schools in Rio. These are not schools but are called escola de
samba because they are clubs, many times associated with their
neighourhood who prepare the whole year for the
´desfile´ the big show at the Sambadrome with
carnival. These clubs/schools have may members and the groups consist
of hundreds or thousands of players and dancers. It is mainly
percussion instruments which all together make an enormous steady and
fast rhythm sound on which many sing the samba songs of their club.
Good examples are …
These are mainly concentrated in Rio de Janeiro and São
Salvador – Bahia È o tchan,
Araketu, Asa de aguia, … Carlinhos Brown, Yvette Sangalo,
Daniela Mercury, Olodum, Babada Novo
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