O Berimbau

Known for being the subject matter of a popular song by Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell, the berimbau is a single-string, bow-shaped percussion from Brazil, whose origins are most likely African. The berimbau was eventually incorporated into the practice of the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira and is also a part of the magico-religious Candomblé-de-Caboclo tradition. For this New Sounds program, we'll hear the instrument in various new music settings, in works by Nana Vasconcelos, Cyro Baptista, Celso Fonseca, Ramiro Musotto, and more.

PROGRAM #2758, New Music for Berimbau (First aired on Tuesday, 1/22/08)





Ramiro Musotto

Civilizacao & Barbarye

Gwyra Mi [4:30]

Circular Moves #7027 www.ramiromusotto.com *

Cyro Baptista

Vira Loucos

Cantiga [5:30]

Avant #061 Out of print. But try auction sites or Amazon.com*

Ramiro Musotto

Civilizacao & Barbarye

Majno Ma Bi [3:30]

See above.

David Watson


Skirl Repeater [2:00]

Avant #077 Available on Amazon.com*


Revisited Classics

O Berimbau [4:30]

Six Degrees #1010 ** www.sixdegreesrecords.com*

Nana Vasconcelos


O Berimbau, excerpt [8:00]

ECM #1147 www.ecmrecords.com *

Celso Fonseca


Teu Sorriso [5:30]

Six Degrees #1086** www.sixdegreesrecords.com*

Various Artists: Virginia Rodrigues

Brasil 2 Mil

Negrume DaNoite [4:30]

Six Degrees #1017 ** www.sixdegreesrecords.com*

Airto Moreira

The Other Side of This

Dom-Um [6:00]

Rykodisc #10207 www.rykodisc.com*