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World On Your Street: The Global Music Challenge
Bosco De Oliveira
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Musician: Bosco De Oliveira

Location: London

Instruments: Percussion / voice

Music: Brazilian / Pagode / Samba

HOW I CAME TO THIS MUSIC          WHERE I PLAY          A FAVOURITE SONG Click here for Hande Domac's storyClick here for Mosi Conde's storyClick here for Rachel McLeod's story

Listen  Watch (2'59) a pagode rehearsal of 'Malandro Agulha' sung by Bosco De Oliveira with Grupo Sambando. Bosco De Oliveira (voice, pandeiro), John Harborne (cavaquinho), Roberto Castlellarin (guitar), Barak Schmool (tantan) and Xavier Osmir (repique de mao).

Listen  Listen (5'55) to 'Riva' sung by Bosco De Oliveira and Liliana from the album, Brazilian Explosion , (Mr Bongo 1996).

  Listen (1'49) to Bosco De Oliveira talk about his music.

A favourite song:

I wrote ‘Riva’ as a tribute to the great Brazilian percussionists. I mention about 35 different percussionists from past and present, a few samba schools and some afoches and blocos. The chorus goes, ‘On the skin of the drum and on the sound of the berimbau, I pay my tribute to the Brazilian percussionists who have no equals in the world.’ Guys like Nana Vasconcelos, Airto Moreira, Papete and Paolo Braga. There's Pascoal Meirelles who grew up in my neighbourhood called Gameleira. He was a great friend and inspiriation. He was already in Rio playing with famous people when he was 16. There used to be lots of rehearsals at his house. Even Milton Nascimento would come round and play bass. I also mention a lot of new guys like the people from Uakti, a percussion group from my home town.

Olli Saville and I overdubbed all the Brazilian percussion – berimbaus and surdos. The singer is Liliana, who lives in London and works with me from time to time. Mr Bongo wanted all the tracks on the CD to have names of Brazilian football players of the past so when he got to that track he chose the name Riva. I subtitled it ‘Respecto’ – respect!

Visit Bosco's band, Grupa Sambando's website


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