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Episode 41: Land Without Water

12:00pm, 4-12-2020
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Most of the Brazilian music played on this show is happy sounds, like samba and funk, or perhaps cool bossa nova. We may need a big dose of happiness in the future, but today that is not my path. There is one type of music from Brazil that does often speak to hardships in life, like we are facing now. This is the music of Northeastern Brazil, the hot and dry region extending from the country’s Atlantic seaboard West to the edges of the Amazon rainforest. There is a thin strip of land along the coast that does receive rain; this was the first land colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th Century. Enslaved peoples from Africa were brought here to work on sugar plantations, while native peoples in this area were displaced to the less desirable land to the West. The capital cities of all northeastern states are all on the coast, where there is a mix of European, African, and native cultures; as you pass to the West, however, the population is almost entirely native americans, although historically some escaped slaves also formed outlaw communities here. This dry region is today known in Brazil as “sertao,” or backlands. It is the poorest and least populated land in the country.  

Today I am playing music from this remote and empty land in Brazil.

  • 12:02pm Casinha Branca by Raimundo Nonato on Balanco Nordestino (Nortson)
  • 12:04pm Ingratidao by Trio Mossoro on 30 Dias de Forro (Tapecar)
  • 12:07pm Mane Do ABC by Genival Lacerda on Mungangueiro Aloprado (Fontana)
  • 12:09pm Ultimo Pau de Arara by Ary Lobo on Ultimo Pau de Arara (RCA Victor)
  • 12:12pm Pedido a Padre Cicero by Ary Lobo on Ary Lobo y Seus Majores Sucessos Vol. 2 (RCA Camden)
  • 12:14pm Bahia Com by Trio Nordestino on O Trofeo E Nosso (Som)
  • 12:16pm Baticuntum by Trio Mossoro on 30 Dias de Forro (Tapecar)
  • 12:18pm A Casa De Anita by Camarao on The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (Analog Africa)
  • 12:20pm Praca De Rei by Trio Mossoro on Tem Mais Gente (Som)
  • 12:22pm Camarao No Oriente by Camarao on The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (Analog Africa)
  • 12:25pm Igarassu by Guerra Peixe & Orquestra RGE on Seducao do Norte (Discos RGE)
  • 12:27pm Vira Moenda by Guerra Peixe & Orquestra RGE on Seducao do Norte (Discos RGE)
  • 12:29pm De a Cesar o Que e De Cesar by Mandando Brasa on Siri Do Forro (Continental)
  • 12:31pm Vozes da Seca by Luiz Gonzaga on Nova Historia da Musica Popular Brasileira (Abril Cultural)
  • 12:33pm Evolucao by Ary Lobo on Ary Lobo e Seus Majores Sucessos Vol. 2 (RCA Camden)
  • 12:36pm Balaio de Guarima by Ary Lobo on Ari Lobo (Som)
  • 12:38pm Baiao Macumba by Ary Lobo on Ze Mane (RCA Victor)
  • 12:41pm Mais Uma Ilusao by Trio Mossoro on Tem Mais Gente (Som)
  • 12:44pm Porto de Cabedelo by Catia de Franca on 20 Palavras Ao Redor Do Sol (Epic)
  • 12:47pm Meninazinha by Trio Mossoro on Tem Mais Gente (Som)
  • 12:49pm Piri Piri by Paulo Diniz on Quero Voltar Pra' Bahia (Odeon)
  • 12:51pm Ave Maria by Quinteto Violado on A Feira (Philips)
  • 12:53pm Xaxando Com Garibaldi by Camarao on The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (Analog Africa)
  • 12:55pm Fim de Festa by Camarao on The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (Analog Africa)
  • 12:58pm Suplica Cearense by Ary Lobo on Suplica Cearense (Cantagalo)
  • 1:02pm Pata de Caranguejo by Pio Lobato on Pio Lobato (Discos Ao Leo)
  • 1:04pm Por Toda La by Alceu Valenca on Pernambuco (Polysom)
  • 1:06pm Desabafo E Desafio by Moraes Moreira on Moraes Moreira (Polysom)
  • 1:09pm Junco do Serido by Paulo Diniz on Estradas (Odeon)
  • 1:12pm O Gemedor by Quinteto Violado on Afeira (Philips)
  • 1:15pm Me Leva Morena by Paulo Diniz on É Marca Ferrada (Odeon)
  • 1:18pm O Novo de Hoje Ja e Velho Aqui by Teo on Grito Salvagem (Altercat Records)
  • 1:21pm Asa Branca by Paulo Diniz on Paulo Diniz (Odeon)
  • 1:25pm La No Norte by Gilvan Chaves on Gilvan Chaves (Rozenblit)
  • 1:27pm O Amor e a Saude by As Cangaceiras on Forro em Limoeiro (Itamaraty)
  • 1:30pm Chinelo De Rosinha by Trio Nordestino on Os Rouxinhos Da Bahia (SOLP)
  • 1:33pm Bloco do Morere by MR12 on Deita no Cimento - Músicas do Carnaval de rua de Belo Horizonte 2009-14 (Vinyl Land)
  • 1:36pm Lambada do Mentiroso by Pio Lobato on Pio Lobato (Discos Ao Leo)
  • 1:39pm Problema Seu by Felipe Cordeiro on single (Vinyl Land)
  • 1:45pm Fui me Banhar na Praça da Estação by Onmar Mota on Deita no Cimento - Músicas do Carnaval de rua de Belo Horizonte 2009-14 (Vinyl Land)
  • 1:48pm 2 x 2 by Pio Lobato on Pio Lobato (Discos Ao Leo)
  • 1:51pm Flores Rara by Samuca e a Selva on Madurar (YB Music)
  • 1:54pm As Estradas by Paulo Diniz on single (Odeon)
  • 1:57pm Tema de Jorane by Pio Lobato on Pio Lobato (Discos Ao Leo)
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