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Candomble, Samba and Ranata Rosa

Lucy Duran travels to northeast Brazil and Rio to record music associated with the carnival. Featuring music from the Afro-Brazilian Candomble cult and singer Ranata Rosa.

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 records music from the Afro-Brazilian Candomble cult as well as singer Ranata Rosa. In Rio, she visits Brazil's biggest slum to attend its first carnival rehearsal of the year, and meets one of the city's most decorated samba groups, Velha Guarda - the old guard - of Portela.

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Music and featured items

  • Maracata and Candomble

    Maracatu rhythms for ‘Black Tuesday’ are performed in Recife centre.

    Duration: 09:05

  • Music Played

    • Siba

      Maracatu de baque sulto (part 2)

      Artist: Siba and his band, Fuloresta

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

      Acorda Maria

      Composer: Trad

      • Recorded by the BBC in Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil.
  • Music and Candomble religion

    A bongar group talk about thier links with Africa and how music is used in their religion

    Duration: 06:28

  • Music Played

    • Bongar

      Eu vim de longe

      Composer: Trad

      • Recorded by the BBC in Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil.
  • Ranata Rosa and 'Sea horse' music tradition

    Musician Ranata Rosa sings and plays in the ‘sea horse’ tradition of music.

    Duration: 11:32

  • Music Played

    • Ranata Rosa

      Cacador

      Composer: Trad Arranger: Rosa

      • Recorded by the BBC in Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil; on 10th September 2008.
    • Ranata Rosa

      Leva eu Saudade

      Composer: Trad Arranger: Rosa

      • Recorded by the BBC in Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil; on 10th September 2008.
  • Ranata Rosa

    Ranata Rosa talks about the instruments in her group and the different styles she uses.

    Duration: 06:54

  • Music Played

    • Ranata Rosa

      Marcha do Danceo

      Composer: Trad Arranger: Rosa

      • Recorded by the BBC in Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil; on 10th September 2008.
  • Preparation for the Rio Carnival

    Lucy is in Rio de Janeiro exploring the build up to its carnival.

    Duration: 04:51

  • Music Played

    • Jards Macalé

      Rei De Janeiro

      Composer: Jards Macale and Glauber Rocha

      • The Rough Guide to Rio.
      • World Music Network RGNET1157CD.
  • Rio's history and musical influences

    Lucy learns how musical traditions arrived during different periods of occupation.

    Duration: 06:02

  • Music Played

    • Moisés Santana

      Alegria

      Composer: Assis Valente/Durval Maia

      • The Rough Guide to Rio.
      • World Music Network RGNET1157CD.
    • Roge

      Swingue do Samba

      Composer: Roge/Arlindo Cruz

      • Fra Out Strictly Samba.
      • Far Out FARO137CD.
  • Samba

    Lucy learns about the samba music tradition and the costumes and symbols with in it.

    Duration: 09:09

  • Music Played

    • Velha Guarda da Portela

      Esta Melodia

      Composer: Bisbo/Bubu da Portela

      • Recorded by the BBC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil..
  • Velha Guarda da Portela

    Velha Guarda da Portela perform two songs of samba music.

    Duration: 06:38

  • Music Played

    • Velha Guarda da Portela

      Voce me Abandonou

      Composer: Lonato

      • Recorded by the BBC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil..
    • Jair Costa

      Voltei

      Artist: Velha Guarda de Portela

      • Recorded by the BBC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil..

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