Hey Tropicalistas, after a long search i could found a great, amazing, phenomenal record of one of the most important personalities in Northeast Brazil. The same region we could denominate as the cradle of African Indigenous European culture in this country and anyway a very important one in Latin-America for the Portuguese speakers. In the best tropical diaspora taste the African and European culture clash the indigenous cultures and create something new. Sure we could list here in our blog all important names just like that, but who follow us know we need a reason to write our Vinyl of the Week blog entries.
The reason today is the new arrival this gorgeous record of Jackson do Pandeiro – Forró do Jackson. The Tropical Diaspora this summer could be proudly to organize many Forró concerts in Berlin and the after partys stay strictly vinyl also the logic consequence is to find the records with the music in question. In an ocean of new Forró bands and Forró festivals that appear throughout Europe and dance styles where dancers are athletes dancing Forró like in a competition, we at tropical diaspora always try to treat the music and everything related to it with affection, as Dr.Sócrates wrote:
…We claim the right of being amateurs of the dance floor, that is, literally, lovers, “amadores” as we call it in Portuguese. Surrounded by an ocean of mainstreams, the “Tropical Diaspora” party is an island of, simply, music. This is a music that is born uncut from the lives of the people. It is organic not manufactured; it grows from life’s stories. We respect that. “Tropical Diaspora” means music without preservatives, but as it simply is: “Tropical Diaspora”, the place to be in Berlin…
Let be “amadores” and the only one way to do it in the Tropical Diaspora is to select our records with conscience to guarantee our guest only the best music in all styles we play in our after partys. Sure we could have a computer with millions of songs but then we wouldn´t be Djs but only system operators repeating just something what someone else think is good. With this record we have more 10 songs from a time where the most people are dancing Forró today wasn’t´t born but have deep relation with the traditions from that richest culture regions in south-America.
Also Jackson do Pandeiro or José Gomes Filho (August 31, 1919 – July 10, 1982)…
born in Paraíba, Brazil, a region in the northeast of the country. His mother, Flora Mourão, was a musician and singer who played several percussion instruments. As a child he had originally wanted to play the accordion, but his parents could not afford it and bought him a pandeiro, a type of tambourine, in its place. He began playing music with the zabumba, however, in order to assist his mother in performances. When Jackson was 13 years old his family moved to Campina Grande, a city in Paraíba. After the move, Jackson lived in João Pessoa, where he performed in various cabarets and on the radio; and also to Recife, where he eventually began working in a radio station and took the pseudonym of Jackson do Pandeiro. Originally his mother had nicknamed him “Jack”, after the actor Jack Perry, who played parts in cowboy films which were popular in Brazil during Jackson’s youth. He had his first hit with “Sebastiana”, a song based on traditional Brazilian rhythms.
The single was followed by a number of albums that were successful with audiences throughout Brazil. Soon after, he joined his future wife Almira Castilhos de Albuquerque on a trip to Rio de Janeiro, financed by his recent success. The two had been performing in a duo together and were eventually married in October 1954. However, the duo and marriage were jointly ended in 1967, and Jackson’s popularity diminished soon after. Jackson did find some greater success later, though, when the popular singer and guitarist Gilberto Gil, as well as the singer Gal Costa, rerecorded some of his material in 1972.
One think is for sure, a Forró party without one Jackson do Pandeiro sound is no Forró party and you don´t need to play the orginals, many of his songs are performed by other artists in whole Brazil. And the power of his music go beyond of the success of his music, Jackson is source of inspiration for all generations after him till today.
The book ”Jackson do Pandeiro – O Rei Do Rítimo” (the king of the rhythm)‘ tells the story of a poor boy and illiterate, emerging from almost absolute poverty early in life for a position at the top of the national culture. The authors report on the life and work of Jackson, with the survey of 415 recordings made by him. The authors of this biography bring Jackson do Pandeiro with justice to a new dimension , among the greatest creators of the MPB.
The artist went through five record during 54 years of artistic career and gave birth to great successes have been immortalized in his voice as such: Meu enxoval, 17 na corrente, Coco do Norte, O velho gagá, Vou ter um troço, Sebastiana, O canto da Ema e Chiclete com Banana. Jackson singer and poet was considered for his complete versatility to play several Brazilian rhythms, from marchas de carnaval, samba, emboladas, cocos nordestinos, rojão até o baião.
Don´t miss the next Tropical Diaspora featuring Forró Maragandá on 28.08.15 at YAAM Berlin.
A1 Falso Toureiro
A3 Êle Disse
A4 Forró Em Limoeiro
A5 Cumpadre João
A6 Meu Enxoval
B2 17 Na Corrente
B3 Côco Do Norte
B4 Êta Baião