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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The New York Times writes about forró

On May 7th, the electronic edition of the New York Times published a two-page article about Forró in Brazil.

The NYTimes reporter visited the cities of Recife, Caruaru (in the State of Pernambuco), Campina Grande (in Paraíba) and Natal and São João do Mipibu (in Rio Grande do Norte).
Recife and Natal are capital of States. Caruaru and Campina Grande are known in Brazil as "capitals of forró". The reporter explainew how forró has been distorted, so as to be easierly accepted by the masses in the large cities. However, in smaller cities (like Caruaru and Campina Grande), it is possible to appreciate the genuine forró, called "forró pé-de-serra" (forro foot-of-mountain).
The music of forró pé-de-serra is played with three instruments: triangle, accordion and zabumba; forró is played in barnyards, bars and houses; to dance forró, passion is more important than talent. In the big cities (particularly in the South of Brazil), forró is played by big bands, with techno instruments, in large discos (Calcinha Preta, one of the most famous Brazilian bands nowadays, is mentioned as example of anti-forró).

The simplicity of forró pé-de-serra attracted the NY Times reporter to São José do Mipibu, about 40 km south of Natal.
There, once a month, in the Saturday closest to full moon, happens the Forró da Lua (Forró of Moon). The event happens in a ranch, and tries to be as simple as possible (illumination is provided by the moon and a big bonfire).
Forró da Lua has become a success among Natalenses who enjoy forró. About 2,000 people attend each event; entrance is R$ 15.

Read the article of New York Times about forró (membership may be required).

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