19 Feb 2015
Orquestra de Berimbaus do Morro do Querosene
I was searching for the different types of berimbau arrangements in the roda as a result of yesterday’s music class – The first one being gunga: angola, medio: sao bento pequeno, viola: sao bento grande + improv. when I found this website:
Translation of first 5 paragraphs:
“The berimbau is an instrument of resistance through culture which crossed the Atlantic ocean and became a symbol in the fight for freedom in Brazil.
The Orquestra de Berimbaus do Morro do Querosene, formed by capoeiristas, musicians and community members of Vila Pirajuçara, Butantã, São Paulo, is a template of social inclusion and sustainability which values capoeira as a manifestation and brazilian’s cultural heritage. With the participation of mestres, contramestres and professors of capoeira, brazilian rhythms such as samba de roda, ijexá, congo-de-ouro, barravento, as well as ladainhas, chulas e corridos get a unique interpretation with bold and unique arrangements by Mestre Dinho Nascimento.
The berimbaus are carefully tuned and grouped in suits: berimbau gunga or berra-boy (deep sound, bass), centre (medium tone) and viola or violinha (higher tone). The ‘Berimbum’, with a very deep sound, is played with a violoncello’s arc. The ‘Berimbau de lata’ (tin berimbau), also played with an arc, is more akin to a fiddle.
Voices chant ladainha verses, corridos and songs. Instruments such as guimbarde or trump (berimbau de boca), agogô, pandeiro, reco-reco, ganzá, triângulo, atabaque, matraca, various sound effects and clapping complete the sound.
The orchestra demonstrates the berimbau’s versatility as a musical instrument given that in its repertoir we find capoeira rhythms as well as other genres of brazilian music.”
The album, Sinfonia de Arame, can be found on Submarino, Amazon e Tratore and on Spotify. I always like to encourage people to support artists when I get the opportunity, as I think it’s important, so if you like their music (and you can afford it), demonstrate it by buying their album. Axe!