The best music of Paraíba
The tiny Northeastern state of Paraíba produces a disproportionate amount of brilliant composers and singers with very strong local roots and the ability of enticing the whole nation. From Genival Lacerda and Sivuca to Geraldo Vandré and Elba Ramalho, Paraíba rocks! Please, note also some less known gems, such as Cátia de França and Esmeraldo.
This post is part of a series of articles that introduces some of the best composers, singers and musicians from the many Brazilian states. Previously, I wrote about the musicality of Rio Grande do Sul and Amazonas.
If you want to go deeper into the musical heritage of this state, check Música da Paraíba blog,that offers a fine selection of local artists. And if you know any paraibanos, share this article with them – I am sure they will have a blast.
And now, let’s make some noise:
Canhoto da Paraíba, a brilliant lefty guitar player that composed many choros with a distinct Northeastern flavor.
Chico Correa (also known as Esmeraldo) in “Baile Muderno”
Songwriter Cátia de França sings her “Coito das Araras”
Geraldo Vandré composed “Para não dizer que não falei das flores”, the anthem of resistance against the military rule in the seventies. It is also known as “Caminhando”, for its refrain: “Walking, and singing, and following the song, we are all equal, holding hands or not”.
Great accordionist and composer Sivuca plays his “Feira de Mangaio” with the Symphonic Orchestra of Paraíba.
Genival Lacerda, the king of double entendre forró, and his “Severina Xique-Xique”, a not-s0-beautiful girl that has a shop and attracts a money digger. It was a huge success in the seventies.
Cabruêra plays the very creative “Forró Esferográfico”, played with a pen.
Elba Ramalho, in “Canção da Despedida”, by the aforementioned Geraldo Vandré and Geraldo Azevedo.This song was longtime forbidden for its vague reference to the exile of so many during the 70s dictatorship.
Totonho e os Cabra
This post is dedicated to paraibana Luciene Evans, born in the capital, João Pessoa, who writes the pretty cool blog It is always sunny in Paraiba.
Please, friends, I am accepting suggestions for a second edition of this post. Who are the best artists from Paraiba, in your opinion?Best music by state, Elba Ramalho, João Pessoa, Music, Northeast, Paraíba