The imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie 1964 - 1974

by Camarão

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“In 1960 we received an invitation to play in Recife, a wonderful, exciting and dangerous place, often described as a “social jungle”.

The Forró party took place on the first floor of Caxangá´s neighbourhood theatre. With its high ceilings, wooden floors and balconies, the place was perfect for these kinds of events. When all the windows were wide open, there would be a wonderful breeze during the hot tropical evenings.

Since everyone was looking for amusement, the place was packed on weekends. People from all corners of society would arrive nicely dressed, animated and chatting loudly over the sound of clinking glasses.

Pernambuco´s Cachaça, considered by many, especially by the locals, to be the best in the country, had started flowing generously and the popular sugar cane based alcohol lives up to its reputation. We always had a few shots to warm up before performing and by the time the place was packed we were already in a very good mood.

Our local cachaça had loosened the bodies and minds of everyone in the room, people started to pair off and twirl around to the sound of forró music, smiling and sliding their feet off the floor - a reflex picked up from dancing in rural villages to avoid kicking up the dust”.

Camarão - Living Patrimony of the state of Pernambuco
November 2012



"Recife durante os anos 60 era um lugar incrível, excitante e perigoso, frequentemente descrito como uma "selva social". As noitadas de Forró eram realizadas em um salão no bairro da Caxangá, no primeiro andar; com o seu teto alto, piso e balcão de madeira, o lugar era perfeito para esses tipos de eventos. Quando as janelas estavam totalmente abertas, surgia uma maravilhosa brisa durante as calorosas noites tropicais.

Já que todos estavam à procura de diversão, o lugar ficava cheio nos finais de semana. Pessoas de todas as camadas da sociedade chegavam bem vestidas, animadas e conversando alto, sob o som do barulho dos copos.

A cachaça pernambucana, considerada por muitos, especialmente pelos locais, como a melhor do país, começou a rolar solta, a popular bebida alcoólica à base de cana de açúcar fazia jus à sua reputação. Nós sempre tomávamos algumas lapadas para aquecer antes de tocar e à medida que o lugar ficava lotado já estávamos bastante animados. Nossa cachaça local já havia relaxado os corpos e mentes de todos na sala, as pessoas começavam a se juntar em pares e girar ao som do Forró, sorrindo e deslizando os pés no chão - um costume retirado das danças nas comunidades rurais do interior para evitar levantar a poeira do chão”.

Camarão – Patrimônio Vivo do Estado de Pernambuco
Novembro 2012

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