Collection: Música Popular do Nordeste
(Volumes I, II, III and IV)

Technical Information

Artist: Various
Title: Collection: Música Popular do Nordeste (Volumes I, II, III and IV)
Recording Label: MARCUS PEREIRA
Company #: Vol 1: MPA 9317 / Vol 2: MPA 9318 / Vol 3: MPA 9319 / Vol 4: MPA 9320
Made in: Brazil
Year: 1973
Sound Reproduction Format: STEREO
Pressing: 1st
Jacket Material: Gatefold Laminated jacket
Media: Vinyl Records 12" LP
Playing Speed: 331/3 RPM
Number of tracks: 33 tracks

Personnel & Credits

Special Guests: Quinteto Violado.
Songs written by: Luis Bandeira, Capiba, Irmãos Valença, Antônio Maria, Trio Tapajós, Luiz Gonzaga, Geraldo Santos, Ademir Araújo, Nelson Ferreira, Edgar Moraes, Benedito Biano, Severino Pinto, Lourival Batista, Otacílio Batista, Diniz Vitorino and others...
Art Cover by: Not Available.
Photos by: Not Available

Tracking List

Vol. 1 / Side A

1. SAUDADE
2. DE CHAPÉU DE SOL ABERTO
3. UM SONHO QUE DUROU TRÊS DIAS
4. RECIFE
5. TRIO ELÉTRICO

Vol. 1 / Side B

1. TUBARÃO NA ONDA
2. BATENDO BIELA
3. AÍ VEM OS PALHAÇOS
4. EVOCAÇÃO Nº 1
5. HINO DOS BATUTAS DE SÃO JOSÉ
6. VALORES DO PASSADO

Vol. 2 / Side A

1. MEIA QUADRA
2. MARTELO AGALOPADO
3. GALOPE A BEIRA MAR
4. OITO A QUADRÃO

Vol. 2 / Side B

1. CIRANDA DA ZONA DA MATA
2. CIRANDA
3. CIRANDA PRAIEIRA

Vol. 3 / Side A

1. ENTRADA DO BOI MISTERIOSO
2. CAVALO MARiNHO
3. ENTRADA DO BOI DE REIS
4. A BURRINHA

Vol. 3 / Side B

1. SAMBA DE RODA
2. COCO

Vol. 4 / Side A

1. BAMBELÔ
2. EMBOLADA DAS MENINAS
3. REPENTE ALAGOANO
4. IMPROVISO NO PÁTIO DO MERCADO

Vol. 4 / Side B

1. ESQUENTA MULHER
2. MARCHA DE PROCISSÃO
3. A BRIGA DO CACHORRO COM A ONÇA
4. PIPOQUINHA
5. CAVALINHO, CAVALÃO

More description and Photos

MÚSICA POPULAR DO NORDESTE - "VOL. 1, 2, 3 & 4" — A collection with 4 volumes from Música Popular do Nordeste Series. Brazilian Northeastern Regional Music Collection. First pressing from 1973 by Marcus Pereira, an independent label.

The Collection:

This collection is a serious research on the Roots of Regional Music of Brazil Northeast Region. This is an essential part from popular BRAZILian CULTure. These tracks were performed by street singers, Fair Viola's player (Violeiros), Repentistas (melody and lyrics improvisations), Trio Elétrico, Banda Pífanos and Regional groups.

If do you like Brazilian Music, you must know this collection!

The Volumes:

Vol. 1) FREVO (13 tracks) - This 1st album is dedicated to Frevo. Frevo was originated from Recife, in the Northeast State of Pernambuco, and is usually played during Carnaval. The name "Frevo" is a wrong way to write and pronounce a word "Ferver" (that means to boil - heated or Fevered). The word "Ferver" gradually mutated, by popular use of the language, to "Frever" until reaching the nomenclature used today: FREVO. Frevo is vigorous march-dance in fast 2/4 and 4/4 time. The frevo rhythm is originated of the March and it is characterized by syncopated cells in the downbeat. There is a stress in the weak part of each beat:
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4/4 | 1 - & -  2- & - 3 - & - 4 - & - |. This rhythm cell gives to Frevo an energetic fell.

The songs from this volume were recorded by Zélia Barbosa with / and Quinteto Violado, Trio Elétrico Tapajós and Banda Municipal do Recife conducted by Ademir Araújo.


Vol. 2 - VIOLEIROS (Side A) / CIRANDAS (Side B) — (12 tracks) - This 2nd album is dedicated to Violeiros and Cirandas. 

A) Violeiros (Viola's Player) - Are usually double of Viola* Players and singers that duel with improvised lyrics. His melodies are mood bluesy, pure feeling. The scales that are most used to create the melodic lines are: Mixolydian and/or Mixolydian #11 for the Major modes and Dorian Mode for the Minor.

* Note: Viola is Brazilian musical instrument with 10 strings (5 pairs). The first 2 pairs are tuned in unison, and the other 3 lower pairs in octave. It's similar to the 12 Strings guitar without the lower (6th) pair. The "Violeiros" (Viola's player) use a very large variety from open tunings alternates patterns. The most common is Open D (called here as "Cebolão em Ré") and Open G (called here as "Rio Abaixo").

This section (Violeiros) is performed by Severino Pinto and Lourival Batista & Octacílio Batista and Diniz Vitorino. They have greatly influenced Zé Ramalho, Lula Cortes, Alceu Valença, Lenine, Zé da Flauta, Paulo Rafael, Chico Science and all northeast songwriters, players and singers. Essential Listening!

B) Cirandas - Ciranda originated in Recife, in the Northeast State of Pernambuco. Is a popular dance that usually happens at a public square, beach or popular fair, where the participants hold their hands and stay in a circular formation singing Cirandas throughout the night. This section (Cirandas) is performed by Quinteto Violado and Barracho & Coro (Choir).

Vol. 3 A) BUMBA-MEU-BOI (Side A) / B1) SAMBA DE RODA - B2) COCO (Side B) — (6 tracks) - This 3rd album is dedicated to Bumba-Meu-Boi, Samba de Roda and Coco.

A) Bumba-Meu-Boi - It's very similar to the "Toada" Brazilian Rhythm. Very close also to the Baião in slow tempos. The time signature is usually 4/4, with a stress on 4th beat. Sometime, it could appear in 2/4 time signature, as on the 2nd track: Cavalo Marinho, for example. This section (Bumba-Meu-Boi) is performed by Quinteto Violado.

B1) SAMBA DE RODA - Originated in Salvador and Recôncavo Baiano, in the Northeast State of Bahia. It's is also called in Rio de Janeiro as Partido-Alto. The participants stay in a circle and a choir sings the "mote" and each person goes improvising lyrics.

B2) COCO - In this Brazilian Musical style the musicians rarely use Viola or acoustics guitar. They use only percussion instruments as tambourines, Cuícas, Ganzá, Agogo, Afoxé, snare and atabaques. The rhythm has usually a 2/4 time signature. It's performed on beaches from Northeast.


Vol. 4 - A1) BAMBELÔ - A2) EMBOLADAS (Side A) / B) BANDA DE PÍFANOS (Side B) — (7 tracks) - This 4th album is dedicated to Bambelô, Emboladas and Banda de Pífanos.

A1) Bambelô - It's similar to Coco. Native of Rio Grande do Norte, northeast state. This section (Bambelô) was performed by Quinteto Violado.

A2) Emboladas -  Also called Coco de Emboladas. It's the same as Coco with the unique difference is that in the Emboladas there is no dance - only Music without choreography. You could find it out in many popular fairs as the Caruaru Fair. The emboladas singers improvise lines dueling one against the other while playing "Pandeiros" (Tambourines). It's also similar in formation and Aesthetics to the violeiros (has also a pair of players and singers dueling with improvised melodic lines and lyrics), but the music is completely different. And while the musical instruments used by "Violeiros" are the Viola, for the "Tiradores de Coco" (as be called the Coco's Singers) the instruments are only tambourines. This section (Emboladas) was performed by the superb double "Beija-Flor & Treme-Terra". Many of these melodic lines and even the lyrics can be listened as incidental music in songs by Alceu Valença, Zé Ramalho and others. This music is FANTASTIC! (Please refers to MP3 sound clip avalaible!)

B) Banda de Pífanos - This is a very interesting popular manifestation. The group is formed by 2 or 3 Pífanos (this is a curious musical instrument made with Bamboo. It is very similar to piccolo. They are slight out of tune); 2 Zabumbas (similar to a Bass Drum, played by the hands); 1 Tarol (snare) and 1 Prato (Crash Cymbal). In the arrangement there are no harmonies, just counterpoints lines performed by the Pífanos. It's a very interesting music indeed!

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Technical Information of the Boxed Edition - Promotional Private Pressing

Artist: Various
Title: Collection: Música Popular do Nordeste (4 - Records)
Recording Label: Jogral by MARCUS PEREIRA DISCOS
Company #: Vol 1: MP-LP 008 / Vol 2: MP-LP 009 / Vol 3: MP-LP 010 / Vol 4: MP-LP 011
Made in: Brazil
Year: 1972
Sound Reproduction Format: STEREO
Pressing: 1st
Jacket Material: Laminated jacket Boxed Set
Media: Vinyl Records 12" LP
Number of tracks: 33 tracks
Special features: Private Pressing / Special Edition with dedication / This was the 1st NON commercial version

Photos of the Boxed Edition - Promotional Private Pressing

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