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Forro, coco and cowboys

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 27 December 2008

Lucy Duran travels to rural North East Brazil, going in search of traditional Forro, a style of country music much-loved there but little-known outside. And, travelling deeper inland towards the Sertao - Brazil's wild semi-desert area - she has a chance encounter with some singing cowboys.

Music and featured items

21 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Forro

    Paulo Andre describes the music style Forro to Lucy Duran.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Luiz Gonzaga
      00:01

      Luiz Gonzaga Danado de Bom

      Brazilian Classics 3, Luaka Bop 7599-26323-2

    • Image for Luiz Gonzaga
      00:04

      Luiz Gonzaga A Feira de Caruaru

      Brazilian Classics 3, Luaka Bop 7599-26323-2

  • Azulao

    Lucy talks to Azulao, a Forro musician about performing traditional Forro.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Herbert Lucena
      00:07

      Herbert Lucena Balanca Boeiro

      Performers: Azulao with his musicians

      Recorded by the BBC in Caruaru, Pernambuco on 8th September 2008

    • Image for Azulão
      00:14

      Azulão Dona Teresa

      Performers: Azulao with his musicians

      Recorded by the BBC in Caruaru, Pernambuco on 8th September 2008

  • Decline of Forro

    Lucy and Paulo discuss Forro’s decline and difficulties in hearing its traditional form.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Azulão
      00:19

      Azulão Dor de Cotovelo

      Performers: Azulao with his musicians

      Recorded by the BBC in Caruaru, Pernambuco on 8th September 2008

  • World's biggest open air theatre

    At the world’s biggest open air theatre the story of the Passion is performed annually.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Waldir Silva
      00:27

      Waldir Silva Nesse coco eu mao brinco mais

      Recorded by the BBC in Caruaru, Pernambuco on 8th September 2008

  • Walmir Silva

    At a bar in Caruaru Lucy meets famous Forro musician, Walmir Silva.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Waldir Silva
      00:32

      Waldir Silva Improvisation for Paulo Andre

      Recorded by the BBC in Caruaru, Pernambuco on 8th September 2008

    • Image for Waldir Silva
      00:36

      Waldir Silva Casa de Maroca

      Recorded by the BBC in Caruaru, Pernambuco on 8th September 2008

  • J Borges and his work

    Lucy is in a small town called Basero in the studio of a local artist, J Borges.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Maciel Melo
      00:43

      Maciel Melo Brasil Pernambuco

      Volume 1 of Musica de Pernambuco: Forro

  • Arcoverde and coco

    In Arcoverde Lucy hears African group Coco Raizes perform ‘coco’, the music of slaves.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Coco Raizes
      00:46

      Coco Raizes Balanco da canoa

      Recorded by the BBC in Arcoverde on 7th September 2008

  • Coco Raizes and clog dancing

    Coco Raizes demonstrate how dancing with wooden clogs provides percussion.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Coco Raizes
      00:51

      Coco Raizes Abelha

      Composer: traditional

      Recorded by the BBC in Arcoverde on 7th September 2008

  • Cowboys in the desert

    Lucy meets cowboys in the desert area of Sertao. Paulo explains their harsh lifestyle.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Unknown cowboys
      00:56

      Unknown cowboys Improvisation about the World Routes team

      Recorded by the BBC in the Sertao of Pernambuco on 7th September 2008

  • On Location in Brazil video diary

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    Foot percussion in Arcoverde with the group Coco Raizes

  • On Location in Brazil video diary

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    Lucy at New Jerusalem

  • Cowboys of the sertoa

    Cowboys of the sertoa

  • Azulao, A Forro singer in the town of Caruaru

    Azulao, A Forro singer in the town of Caruaru

  • New Jerusalem

    New Jerusalem

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