Só Forró

Só Forró


1. MEU CENÁRIO (Petrúcio Amorim) - Maciel Melo e Petrúcio Amorim
2. FORRÓ NA PENHA (João Lyra/Adelmo Arcoverde) - Sivuca
3. VOU DE TUTANO (Jackson do Pandeiro/J. Cavalcanti) - Xangai
4. CINTURA FINA ( Zé Dantas/Luiz Gonzaga) - Dominguinhos E Marinês
5. FORRÓ MIÚDO (NÃO TEM CULÉ) (Júnior Vieira) - Maciel Melo
6. FUGA PARA O NORDESTE (Dominguinhos) - Sivuca
7. BUXADA CO ARUÁ (Jacinto Silva)
PISA MANEIRO (Juvenal Lopes – Gilson Dória) - Xangai
8. TREZE DE DEZEMBRO (Luiz Gonzaga/Zé Dantas) - Dominguinhos
9. CAIA POR CIMA DE MIM (Maciel Melo) - Maciel Melo
10. UM TOM PARA JOBIM (Sivuca/Osvaldinho) - Sivuca
11. NÓIS É JECA MAIS É JÓIA (Juraildes da Luz) - Xangai
12. GAVIÃO PENEIRA (Maciel Melo/Virgílio Siqueira) - Maciel Melo
13. A VOLTA DA ASA BRANCA (Zé Dantas/Luiz Gonzaga) - Dominguinhos e Maciel Melo
14. FORRÓ EM TIMBAÚBA (Dominguinhos) - Sivuca
15. SERRA DA BORBOREMA (Agripino Aroeira)
QUEM CASOU, CASOU! (Elias José Alves) - Xangai
In a Nutshell: Forró

Forró is music for dancing! Developed in the North-east of Brazil, it is characterised by its weaving accordion and insistent rhythms and is one of the most popular forms of music in Brazil. In fact, although samba is thought as being the main musical exponent of Brazil, music from the North-east actually accounts for 40% of all sales. Forró’s humble origins as a folk music in the 40s and 50s saw it labelled as ‘hick’ or ‘country’ music by some, but forro-inspired albums by Gilberto Gil and Gal Costa saw it gain many new fans during the seventies, leading to its current popular status.

What’s it like?

Only three instruments are required to play forró, an accordion, a bass drum and a triangle (occasionally also with added percussion.) Forró has a syncopated rhythm in a similar vein to samba, and a swing similar to cumbia (from Colombia), but also has a rootsy quality that comes from its origins in the Northeast, a dry, place that seems years behind the South of the country.

Where can I find it?

In Northeastern regions of Brazil such as Pernambuco, Alagoas and Paraiba it is possible to see very good live forró and get the opportunity to enjoy/endure it’s endless dance. The bands and nights here tend to stick more to its folk roots, this is opposed to the commercial end of forró which has spread across the South, South-east and East of Brazil, where it is very popular. Any live forró in these places will tend to be targeted more at the pop end of the market, but is still thoroughly enjoyable.

What else should I know?

The allure of forró is in its ability to get couples on the dancefloor. Its accompanying dance is like a two-step shuffle, with partners staying very close. It’s far less showy than samba, with a more traditional feel. When watching couples dance forró you get the sense of its rural origins in the cattle-herding north where all the townsfolk would head out to dance on a Saturday evening to these sounds of forró. [NB: when going to a forró night in the North-east be aware that you will have no chance but to dance – there is normally nothing more to a forró evening than a dancefloor and a band.]


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Anonymous said...

Hi Miguel! I like this post! See our trio of forró in http://triocantarino.wordpress.com - To download forró albums, go to www.forroemvinil.com - We are brazilians and love this rhythm! A hug for you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael! I like this post! See our trio of forró in http://triocantarino.wordpress.com - To download forro many albums, go to www.forroemvinil.com - A hug for you!