Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Toinho De Alagoas, Duda Da Passira, Jose Orlando|
Genres: World Music, Pop, Latin Music
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Down home Brazilian
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is gritty, hardscrabble music from a gritty, hardscrabble part of the world, the Northeast of Brazil. It's about as far from bossa nova as you can get. Forro is a distant cousin of zydeco, played on an accordion and with a compelling, sometimes intricate beat. The artists on this album are local men, with a minimum of glitz. They are good, though. If you like zydeco, listen to this!"
Hired Pen | United States | 02/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Forro is not your father's (or anyone else's) accordion music (unless of course your father is Brazilian). This musical form from Brazil is a jaunty and infectious import. And Brazil Forro--Music for Maids and Taxi Drivers introduces you to some of forro's finest. Listen to this album, and I defy you to sit still.The subtitle of this record reflects the fact that forro (pronounced "faw-RAW" or "foe-HOE") is an earthy musical form popular with the working classes. Typically forro follows the traditional European music form (verse and chorus), but its rhythms are Indian and African. The usual instrumentation is an accordion, a triangle, and a shallow marching drum called a zabumba. The tempo is fast, the rhythms driving. It's ideal dance music, and many Northeastern Brazilians spend their weekends and festivals stepping to it.Even when the subject is serious--and it often is, because life in Brazil's northeast is never easy--it sounds happy. You don't need to speak a word of Portuguese to enjoy it, but you may well fall in love purely with the sound of the language. Next rainy day, draw the blinds, turn on every light in the house, and put Brazil: Forro on the CD player. I can't guarantee that the sun will come out, but you won't care. Hey, those maids and taxi drivers are on to something."
Robert Keith | New York, NY USA | 09/29/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"They should have called it "Forro For The Holiday Inn"
The music on the CD is well played, but it's way too slick. I prefer my Forro with some guts.
Avoid this one.
For the real thing, seek out Meus Momentos by Luiz Gonzaga or Os 3 Do Nordeste, if you can find one of their hits CDs. The Brazil Classics Forro CD is also much better.