Bellinati, guitar & Mônica Salmaso, voice : “AFROSAMBAS”
de Baden Powell & Vinícius de Moraes
In 1962, Vinícius
de Moraes met Baden Powell for the first time, forming one of the greatest
partnerships in Brazilian popular music. Out of their fruitful collaboration,
emerged a masterpiece, a sort of opera based on the Afro-Brazilian mythology,
composed of eleven interconnecting songs which Vinícius entitled
himself as Afro-Sambas.
The Afro-Sambas mixed the popular bossa nova style with African musical
elements into an operatic story-line in which rituals of the Orixás
(Gods) are told. Baden Powell and Vinícius de Moraes explored the
Afro-Brazilian roots of Bahia, incorporating musical idea drawn from the
regional Capoeira(popular dance-like martial art form of Brazil) and the
Candomblé (the main Afro-Brazilian religion).
Produced and arranged by Paulo Bellinati, the challenge of this project
was to reveal the musical language of Baden and Vinícius in a contemporary
style, without losing the character
of the original work. Going beyond the traditional accompaniment, the
guitar parts are so intricate, they could stand alone as complete compositions,
making this works true duets-pure voice and guitar.
Several of the songs that comprise the Afro-Sambas became classics of
the Brazilian pop scene.
Only recently, however, where all eleven Afro-Sambas recorded together
for the very first time.
Mônica Salmaso and Paulo Bellinati, collaborate on this recording-a
finalist for Brazil's 1997 "Prêmio Sharp" award, the Brazilian
equivalent to the Grammy Award.
The complete Afro-Sambas by Baden Powell and Vinícius de Moraes
are: Tristeza e Solidão, Canto de Ossanha, Canto de Xangô,
Bocochê, Canto de Iemanjá, Canto de Pedra-Preta, Lamento
de Exú, Tempo de Amor, Labareda, Consolação, and
the famous Berimbau.