The best music of Rio Grande do Sul
This is the second of a series of posts that introduce some of the best composers, singers and musicians from the many Brazilian states. I previously published an article on the state of Amazonas (which included samples of the works of David Assayag, Eliana Printes and Raízes Caboclas, among others).
Now we will travel to the other extreme of the country, to the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, that shares most of its cultural identity with the neighboring countries of Uruguay and Argentina. Many of the songs you will see here are classic examples of the gaúcho culture, so rural and virile. Please, let me know if I missed your favorites. This series might be updated in the future. Also, share this post with your gaúcho friends, specially those that miss the amazing Rio Grande.
Let’s begin with brothers Kleiton and Kledir singing “Maria Fumaça”, delicious song that describes a train trip that is a micro cosmos of the country.
Vitor Ramil, another brother of Kleiton and Kledir, plays his “Querência”
Adriana Calcanhoto plays “Do Fundo do Meu Coração”
Gaúcha Elis Regina, one of the best interpreters the country ever produced, sings Tom Jobim’s “Corcovado” with Hermeto Pascoal, during the 1979 Montreux Jazz Festival.
“Redomona” with Renato Borghetti and Yamandú Costa. Borghetti is one of the great gaita-ponto (diatonic button accordion, a traditional gaúcho instrument) masters.
Telmo de Lima Freitas and his “Esquilador”
Os Fagundes play Teixeirinha’s “Tropeiro Velho”
And, finally, Lupicínio Rodrigues sings “Vingança” in 1972. His beautiful voice comes always associated with some dramatic song about betrayal.Best music by state, Elis Regina, Hermeto Pascoal, Music, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Tom Jobim