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Maracatu, ciranda and Mangue bit

Lucy Duran travels to northeast Brazil and Rio de Janeiro to record traditional music associated with the famous carnival, including maracatu, frevo, ciranda and mangue bit.

As part of series of programmes celebrating the Brazilian carnival and its music, Lucy Duran travels to two places famous for their Carnivals - Recife in the Northeast and Rio de Janeiro in the Southeast. She discovers some of the rhythms unique to Recife including maracatu, frevo and ciranda, recorded on a beach, in a cow-shed and in the old colonial city of Olinda. She also finds out about the mangue bit movement and its frontman, the late Chico Science.

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Sat 7 Feb 2009 15:00

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  • Sugar fields of North West Brazil

    Lucy Duran starts her journey, in the North West of Brazil.

    Duration: 06:56

  • Music Played

    • Déodat de Séverac

      Girl from Ipanema

  • Siba and Maracatu

    Siba discusses his music and Maracatu.

    Duration: 09:37

  • Music Played

    • Siba

      Toda vez que eu dou um passo

      Artist: Siba and his band, Fuloresta

      • All recorded by the BBC in Nazare da Mata, Pernambuco, Brazil.
    • Siba

      O Bloca da Bicharada

      Artist: Siba and his band, Fuloresta

      • All recorded by the BBC in Nazare da Mata, Pernambuco, Brazil.
  • Indigenous music in Brazil

    Siba explains how difficult it is to hear indigenous music in Brazil.

    Duration: 06:43

  • Music Played

    • Siba

      Vale do Juca

      Artist: Siba and his band, Fuloresta

      • All recorded by the BBC in Nazare da Mata, Pernambuco, Brazil.
  • Olinda's Carnival

    Paulo explains the history of Olinda, its wild carnivals and music.

    Duration: 07:21

  • Music Played

    • trad

      Sao Goncalo do Amarante

      Arranger: Paixao Artist: Luiz Paixao and his group

      • All recorded by the BBC in Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil.
  • Luiz Paixao and Sea horse tradition music

    Luiz Paixao trys to explainthe 'sea horse tradition' of music.

    Duration: 10:02

  • Music Played

    • trad

      Arrumadinho

      Arranger: Paixao Artist: Luiz Paixao and his group

      • All recorded by the BBC in Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil.
    • Déodat de Séverac

      Toada Solta, amor, amor, amor

      Arranger: Paixao Artist: Luiz Paixao and his group

      • All recorded by the BBC in Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil.
  • Chico Science and "Mangue bit"

    Lucy and Paulo discuss Chico Science and his revolutionary style of music , ‘Mangue bit’.

    Duration: 06:16

  • Music Played

    • Nação Zumbi

      Quilombo Groove

      Composer: Science/Zumbi

      • Afrociberdelia.
      • Sony 850.278/2-479255.
    • Nação Zumbi

      Um Passeio no Mundro (Live)

      Composer: Dengue/Lucio Maia/Gira/Jorge Du Peixe/Pupilo

      • Afrociberdelia.
      • Sony 850.278/2-479255.
    • Nação Zumbi

      Maco

      Composer: Science/Jorge Du Peixe/Eduardo Bidlovski

      • Afrociberdelia.
      • Sony 850.278/2-479255.
    • Mautner/Jacobina

      Maracatu Atomico

      Artist: Chico Science and Nacao Zumbi:

      • Afrociberdelia.
      • Sony 850.278/2-479255.
  • Lia Itamaraca and 'Ciranda' music

    Paul explains the impact that Lia Itamaraca made in Brazil.

    Duration: 11:33

  • Music Played

    • trad

      Various Cirandas, including Quem me deu foi Lia

      Arranger: Lia de Itamarca Artist: Lia de Itamaraca and her group

      • Recorded by the BBC on the island of Itamaraca, Pernambuco, Brazil.
    • Siba

      Vale do Juca

      Artist: Siba and his Band, Fuloresta

      • Recorded by the BBC in Nazare da Mata, Pernambuco, Brazil.

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