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Coco music, the pifano flute and Sebastian Dias

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 03 January 2009

Lucy Duran travels to rural north-east Brazil in search of traditional Forro, a style of country music much-loved there but little-known outside. She reaches the Sertao - Brazil's vast, hot and, in parts, lawless semi-desert. She meets a community of former slaves who settled in this remote part of the country to escape their Portuguese masters.

Including music for the indigenous pifano flute and a session by local politician-cum-protest singer Sebastian Dias.

Music and featured items

17 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Music and elections

    Lucy Duran discovers music role in a Brazilian election rally.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Banda de Pifanos led by Pedro Sobrino
      00:01

      Banda de Pifanos led by Pedro Sobrino Marchinha Cultural

      Recorded by the BBC in Santa Antonio di Carnaiba, Pernambuco, Brazil on 6th September 2008

  • Quilombol and coco music

    Lucy arrives in Quilombol, in the Sertao dessert, home to a community of runaway slaves.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Comunidade Quilombola do Leitao da Carapuca
      00:07

      Comunidade Quilombola do Leitao da Carapuca Vesa Vaqueiro Falta

      Composer: Trad

      Recorded by the BBC on 6th September 2008

    • Image for Comunidade Quilombola do Leitao da Carapuca
      00:12

      Comunidade Quilombola do Leitao da Carapuca Vaqueiro Novo Na Serra

      Composer: Trad

      Recorded by the BBC on 6th September 2008

  • Quilombola history

    Lucy is with the Quilombola and learns about thier history and style of coco music.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Comunidade Quilombola do Leitao da Carapuca
      00:17

      Comunidade Quilombola do Leitao da Carapuca Embolada

      Composer: Trad:

      Recorded by the BBC on 6th September 2008

  • Pifanos and their history

    Lucy hears music played on Pifanos, a rustic flute.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Banda de Pifanos led by Pedro Sobrino
      00:22

      Banda de Pifanos led by Pedro Sobrino Xote - Promessa a Padro Cicero

      Recorded by the BBC in Santa Antonio di Carnaiba, Pernambuco, Brazil on 6th September 2008

    • Image for Banda de Pifanos led by Pedro Sobrino
      00:29

      Banda de Pifanos led by Pedro Sobrino Cultura Nordestina

      Composer: trad

      Recorded by the BBC in Santa Antonio di Carnaiba, Pernambuco, Brazil on 6th September 2008

  • Cantoria

    Sebastiao Dias performs 'cantoria', a form of improvised poetry.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Sebastiao Dias
      00:35

      Sebastiao Dias Senarios do Pajeu

      Arranger: Sebastiao Dias

      Recorded by the BBC in Sao Joaquin near Tabiram, Pernambuco, Brazil on 7th September 2008.

  • Sebastiao Dias and improvisation

    Musician and politician Sebastiao Dias talks about his song and improvises.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Sebastiao Dias
      00:43

      Sebastiao Dias Short Improvisation

      Recorded by the BBC in Sao Joaquin near Tabiram, Pernambuco, Brazil on 7th September 2008.

    • Image for Sebastiao Dias
      00:48

      Sebastiao Dias Suplica dos ecologos/Cancao da Floresta

      Recorded by the BBC in Sao Joaquin near Tabiram, Pernambuco, Brazil on 7th September 2008.

  • Sebastiao Dias and social justice

    Politician and musician Sebastiao Dias explains how his job to fight for social justice.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Sebastiao Dias
      00:54

      Sebastiao Dias Cancao da Paz

      Recorded by the BBC in Sao Joaquin near Tabiram, Pernambuco, Brazil on 7th September 2008.

  • Episode 2 - North East Brazil - The Sertao

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    Travelling to the location of a field recording.

  • Episode 2 - North East Brazil - The Sertao

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    A session by local politician-cum-protest singer Sebastiao Dias.

  • Episode 2 - North East Brazil - The Sertao

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    Martin Appleby talks about the field recording.

  • Comunidade Quilombola

    Comunidade Quilombola

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