Episode #2758

O Berimbau

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

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 *

Cyro Baptista

Vira Loucos

Cantiga [5:30]

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

Ramiro Musotto

Civilizacao & Barbarye

Majno Ma Bi [3:30]

See above.

David Watson


Skirl Repeater [2:00]

Avant #077 Available on*


Revisited Classics

O Berimbau [4:30]

Six Degrees #1010 ***

Nana Vasconcelos


O Berimbau, excerpt [8:00]

ECM #1147 *

Celso Fonseca


Teu Sorriso [5:30]

Six Degrees #1086***

Various Artists: Virginia Rodrigues

Brasil 2 Mil

Negrume DaNoite [4:30]

Six Degrees #1017 ***

Airto Moreira

The Other Side of This

Dom-Um [6:00]

Rykodisc #10207*

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Comments [1]

Greg Burrows from Bronx, NY

Hi, take a moment to view my berimbau solo. I've played the instrument with Andy Statman and others. I appear live Mondays at Barbes with Chicha Libre. Cheers - Greg B

Jan. 16 2010 01:50 PM

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