Aquì è Frevo è Frevo mesmo!

Vassourinhas de Olinda
Orquestra de frevo
Hot brassband dance music from Pernambuco North-East Brazil



01 - Musica Mulheres E Flores
02 - Vamos Encostar
03 - Três Da Tarde
04 - Menino Da Tarde
05 - Marca Olho
06 - Fátima
07 - Zé De Barros Não É O Cão Mas Atenta
08 - Elefante De Olinda
09 - Bate-bate Com Doce
10 - Banho De Conde
11 - Hino Da Troça Ceroulas
12 - Dois De Macacão
13 - Dengosa
14 - Ivone
15 - Lessa No Frevo
16 - É De Rasgar A Camisa
17 - Saudades De Alguém
18 - Última Troça
19 - Aguenta O Cordão
20 - Recordação De Mirabeau
21 - Mordido
22 - Frevo Do Norte
23 - Vassourinhas De Levino
24 - Vassourinhas

Wind music has long played an important part in the vibrant fabric of Brasilian music. Indeed one of the seminal figures in popular brasilian music was a band master. Pixinguinha was writing music for concert bands in the 1940's that could easily be considered the missing link between the classical tradition and modern samba. Although traditional bands exist all across Brasil, the unique sound of the bands from the state of Pernambuco playing their typical ‘frevos’ at breakneck speed is the most interesting from a world music
perspective. These groups consist of saxophones, tumpets, trombones, tubas and a variety of typical brasilian percussion always including the surdo and caixa (snare drum). Frevo music is typical of the region in the northwest of Brasil and makes for an important part of the repertoire for carnival celebrations, arguably the greatest party ever imagined. Today the leading exponent of a brasilian band is probably the Vassourinhas de Olinda, having appeared several times in European festivals and with a disc included on the dutch label, Pan records. source
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Frevo describes is a wide range of musical styles originating from Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, all of which are traditionally associated with Brazilian Carnival. The word frevo is said to come from frever, a misspeaking of the Portuguese word ferver (to boil). It is said that the sound of the frevo will make listeners and dancers to feel as they are boiling on the ground. The word frevo is normally used interchangeably either to mean the frevo music or the frevo dance.

Origins of Frevo

The frevo music came first. By the end of century XIX, bands from the Brazilian Army regiments based in the city of Recife started a tradition of parading during the Carnival. Since the Carnival is originally linked to religion, they played religious procession marches and martial music, as well. A couple of regiments had famous bands which attracted lots of followers and it was just a matter of time to people start to compare one to another and cheer for their favorite bands. The two most famous bands were the Espanha (meaning Spain), whose conductor was from Spanish origin) and the 14, from the 14th regiment. The bands started to compete with each other and also started playing faster and faster, louder and louder. 

Some tough men used to go ahead of the band, opening space to its parade by bullying people on the streets and threatening them with capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art) and knives. Eventually, when the bands met each other in the streets, fights between the capoeiristas were inevitable. These fights normally ended up with many wounded and even dead.

In order to end with this violence wave, the Police started to pursue the capoeiras and arrested many during their exhibitions. They reacted in an clever way by carrying umbrellas instead of knives and also disguising the capoeira movements as dance movements. The frevo dance was born.


Frevo-de-Rua (Street Frevo), the most common meaning of the word "frevo", is an instrumental style, played in a fiery fast tempo with brass instruments, namely trumpets, trombones, saxophones and tuba. It is frequently perceived by American ears as resembling Polka.

Frevo-de-Rua bands can often be found playing during football matches in Recife, forming a sort of pep band. A well-known Frevo-de-Rua tune is called "Vassourinhas". A famous conductor in this style is Mestre Duda.


Frevo de Bloco is also sung and string instruments. Capiba was the most famous composer in this style, but one can also cite Antonio Nóbrega.


Adaptation of frevo compositions for small formations, commonly trios made up by electric mandolins (the socalled Guitarra Baiana) and guitars. The style developed in the early 50s in Bahia, spurred by a performance by given by the Clube Carnvalesco Misto Vassourinhas of Olinda (Pernambuco State) in Salvador (Bahia State), and gave origin to the trio electrico tradition of Bahian carnival.

source: wiki


Anonymous said...

Hi - I think this is the same link as the previous Coco post

Miguel said...

thanks for telling - NOW it isn't the same link anymore :)

¡Lo siento!

Anonymous said...

Yes! Fantastic, Miguel - I love this band - and have even played some of their tunes as part of my band repertoire -