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Ziriguidum: Say it Five Times Fast

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Brazil / Culture

A song that was very popular when I arrived in Brazil (and I can’t believe I didn’t blog about it) is called Ziriguidum. When I asked what it meant, no one give me a definitive answer. Years passed and I completely forgot about the song until this morning. Turning to my good friend Google… Ziriguidum, pronounced Zee-Ree-Ghee-Doom, is a Brazilian Portuguese word that classically defined, expresses the sounds of drums and other percussive instruments. Decidedly […]

Maracatu

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Brazil / Culture / Video

Maracatu is a rhythm and dance from Pernambuco, a state in the Northeast of Brazil. Maracatu was created by enslaved Africans to retain their culture. It features heavy percussion drums and a lot of dancing. It’s a fixture in the Carnival of Recife/Olinda that you just can’t get in Rio de Janeiro’s spectator-based Carnival. This is a band I stumbled upon rehearsing the music they will play in this year’s Carnival in about two weeks. Forgive the less-than-ideal […]

This Familiar Melody is EVERYTHANG! Chorando Se Foi (Lambada)

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Brazil / Culture

This is a song that you’ll find the melody familiar even if you aren’t up to speed in Latin genres of music. It was everywhere in the US a few years ago because it was in Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor”. The infectious melody is like 30-some-odd years old though. I hear the song played at parties here randomly but I’d never seen the video until just now. And I don’t know what about the video got me but it’s […]