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Coco music, the pifano flute and Sebastian Dias

Lucy Duran travels to rural north-east Brazil in search of traditional Forro. Including music for the indigenous pifano flute and a session by politician/protester Sebastian Dias.

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.

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Sat 6 Feb 2010 15:00

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    Duration: 07:26

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 08:03

  • Music Played

    • Comunidade Quilombola do Leitao da Carapuca

      Vesa Vaqueiro Falta

      Composer: Trad

      • Recorded by the BBC on 6th September 2008.
    • 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.

    Duration: 04:26

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 12:16

  • Music Played

    • 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.
    • 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.

    Duration: 08:32

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 12:00

  • Music Played

    • Sebastiao Dias

      Short Improvisation

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

    Duration: 05:43

  • Music Played

    • Sebastiao Dias

      Cancao da Paz

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

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