Oct 25, 2016

RhoDeo 1643 Roots


The music of Brazil encompasses various regional music styles influenced by African, European and Amerindian forms. After 500 years of history, Brazilian music developed some unique and original styles such as samba, bossa nova, MPB, sertanejo, pagode, tropicalia, choro, maracatu, embolada (coco de repente), mangue bit, funk carioca (in Brazil simply known as Funk), frevo, forró, axé, brega, lambada, and Brazilian versions of foreign musical genres, such as Brazilian rock and rap.

Today's artist started her career in Rio de Janeiro in 1964 with the show "Opinião" ("Opinion"). Due to its popularity, with performances all over the country, and the popularity of her 1965 single "Carcará", the artist became a star in Brazil. She has released 50 studio albums in 47 years of career, and is among the 10 best-selling music artists in Brazil, having sold more than 26 million records.. ........N'Joy

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Maria Bethânia, sister of Caetano Veloso, is a renowned singer on her own. Her scenic, dramatic abilities, in a profoundly Brazilian tradition, make her performances quite personal, which has brought her a massive and faithful audience over the decades.

As a child, she wanted to be an actress right from the start. But, as her mother loved to sing, music was always around. Her father was not musically gifted, but loved to listen to Dorival Caymmi and Noel Rosa compositions. At 13, her family moved to Salvador, and she began to frequent the "university circles," intellectual groups gathering around art exhibitions and performances. The access to theater plays strengthened her desire to become an actress. At that time, a novice Caetano Veloso had become the musical partner of the play director Álvaro Guimarães. For Guimarães's short movie Moleques de Rua, Veloso composed a soundtrack which should have had, according to him, his sister singing in it. At 16, Bethânia tried to refuse, as she had never sung under such pressure. But Guimarães loved her timbre, and included her in his 1963 staging of Nelson Rodrigues' musical Boca de Ouro, where she performed a cappella. In the same year, they became acquainted with Gilberto Gil and Gal Costa.

Next year, Veloso was invited to organize a Brazilian popular music show at the opening of Salvador's Teatro Vila Velha. The show, called Nós, por Exemplo, included Veloso, Maria Bethânia, Gilberto Gil, and Gal Costa (still under her name Maria da Graça). The show was a success and was reenacted two weeks later, with the addition of Tom Zé (still presented as Antônio José). The success was even bigger, and the group (without Zé) soon presented another show, Nova Bossa Velha, Velha Bossa Nova. In that same year, Bethânia acted alone in her musical Mora na Filosofia, directed by Veloso and Gil.

Edu e Bethania In January 1965, still a school student earning bad grades, she was surprised by the invitation to substitute for Nara Leão, already an established young singer who had had a problem with her vocal cords, in her highly successful show Opinião. Bethânia's opening on February 13, 1965, was very successful, and her dramatic performance of "Carcará" (João do Vale/José Cândido) launched her as an overnight national success, repeated during the São Paulo season. Because of the sucess, Guilherme Araújo, then assistant for Aluísio de Oliveira at the RCA label, invited her, through Veloso, to record for the label. In May of that year, Bethânia recorded her first single, and some months later, her first LP. On September 26, 1965, the Vila Velha gang opened the show Arena Canta Bahia, at São Paulo's Teatro de Arena. In April 1966, Bethânia, invited by Guilherme Araújo, opened her show Recital at the Cangaceiro nightclub, in Rio. It also opened the way for Guilherme Araújo to become the manager of Veloso, Gil, and Costa (receiving 20 percent for 70 of his songs, he would be sued by Gil in 1992). She also performed at the Barroco nightclub (Rio). In the same year, Bethânia performed in the show Pois É, together with Gilberto Gil and Vinícius de Moraes, at the Teatro Opinião. In the following month, October 1966, Bethânia performed "Beira mar" (Caetano/Gil) at the I FIC. In 1967, she recorded with Edu Lobo the Elenco album Edu Lobo e Maria Bethânia. Through 1970, she would also be featured in the shows Yes, Nós Temos Maria Bethânia (Teatro de Bolso, Rio), Comigo Me Desavim (Teatro Miguel Lemos, Rio), Recital Na Boite Blow Up (São Paulo), and Brasileiro Profissão Esperança (Teatro Casa Grande, Rio).

Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethania and Gilberto Gil In 1968, she performed on the LP Veloso, Gil e Bethânia (RCA) and the solo LP Recital na Boite Barroco. In 1969 and 1970 respectively, Bethânia released the LPs Maria Bethânia and Maria Bethânia Ao Vivo. In 1971, she recorded for Philips the LP A Tua Presença. In July, backed by the Terra Trio, she opened at Rio's Teatro da Praia her show Rosa Dos Ventos, which yielded a live album under the same name, produced by Roberto Menescal. In 1971, she went to Europe and performed at the MIDEM (Cannes, France), and in Italy. Next year, she appeared, together with Chico Buarque and Nara Leão, in the film Quando o Carvaval Chegar. The movie's soundtrack was released in 1972 by Philips. Bethânia wrote the lyrics for Caetano Veloso's song "Trampolim," released on her album Drama. A European tour through Italy, Germany, Austria, Denmark, and Norway followed. In 1973, she opened her show Drama, Luz da Noite, also recorded as an album under the same title. Commemorating the tenth year of her career, she opened her show A Cena Muda (1974), recorded and released in November 1974. On June 6, 1975, Bethânia performed in a live show together with Chico Buarque, recorded and released as Chico Buarque e Maria Bethânia Gravado ao Vivo no Canecão. In 1976, she recorded Pássaro Proibido. In July, together with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Gal Costa, she toured Brazil with the show Os Doces Bárbaros, which yielded a film of the same name by Jom Tob Azulay and a double album released by Philips in November 1976.

On January 13, 1977, her show Pássaro da Manhã opened, released as a studio LP under the same title, which brought her second gold record. In May 1978, Bethânia released, with Veloso, a live show recorded in LP as Maria Bethânia e Caetano Veloso ao Vivo. Alibi In 1978, the LP Álibi was released (certified as a gold record before hitting the streets, making her the first Brazilian female singer to reach one million sold copies), producing a show with the same name in July of the next year. In December 1979, she released the album Mel, which also brought the show Mel in January 1980. The same year came the LP Talismã. In the next year, she opened her show Estranha Forma de Vida and released her album Alteza. In 1982, Bethânia performed in the show Nossos Momentos. In 1983, she took another turn in her career with the album Ciclo, branching out of her popular formula toward a new acoustic direction. In 1984, she performed in her show A Hora da Estrela, with songs especially written by Veloso and Chico Buarque. The album A Beira e o Mar followed. In 1985, the show 20 Anos opened.

The next year, Bethânia signed with RCA for the release of Dezembros, which contained unpublished songs by Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, and Caetano Veloso, and "Canções e Momentos," written especially for her by Milton Nascimento. In 1988, she recorded Maria, with guest stars Jeanne Moreau and Gal Costa, which also was the name of her show which opened in that year. In 1989, the album Memória da Pele was released, and Bethânia presented the show Dadaya -- As Sete Moradas. Her 25th career anniversary was commemorated with the album and show 25 Anos, with participation from Nina Simone, Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, João Gilberto, and others. In 1982, she released the album Olho D'água, which was included in a major soap opera's soundtrack. Her 1993 album As Canções Que Cocê Fez Para Mim, also a show, was the best-selling record of that year (1,500,000 copies sold). For the label EMI/Odeon was recorded the album Âmbar, and also a show which was recorded live and released in 1997 as Imitação da Vida.

In 2015, her album Meus Quintais was nominated for the 16th Latin Grammy Awards in the Best MPB Album category.

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Released two years after her romantic and a little bit cheesy album "As canções que você fez pra mim", which covered Roberto Carlos' repertoire, "Ao vivo" sounds so much greater! Here she is much more passionate, powerful and compelling! To know Bethânia deeply, it is just essential to listen her live. In "Ao vivo" she sings, among many others, several songs from the Roberto Carlos album, and most of them, especially "Fera ferida", "Costumes" and "Você não sabe" become much more touching, just wonderful. Chico Buarque's "Mar e Lua" is also thrilling, the best cover of this song I've ever heard. Other very nice tunes include Caetano Veloso's samba "Tudo de novo" and the ballads "Lua" and "Todo o sentimento". Highly recommended.

Maria Bethania - Ao Vivo  (flac  400mb)

01 Introdução: Cristal 0:27
02 Fera Ferida 3:45
03 Fé Cega, Faca Amolada 2:16
04 Eu E Água 3:02
05 Genipapo Absoluto 2:13
06 Mané Fogueteiro/Genipapo Absoluto 3:07
07 Tudo de Novo 2:27
08 As Canções Que Você Fez Pra Mim 3:53
09 Ronda 1:54
10 Atrás da Verde E Rosa Só Não Vai Quem Já Morreu/Onde O Rio É Mais ..2:42
11 Faixa de Cetim 1:19
12 Lua 1:09
13 Lua Branca 2:38
14 Detalhes 4:23
15 Costumes 2:47
16 Meu Primeiro Amor (Lejania) 2:43
17 Você Não Sabe 3:00
18 Nao Dá Mais Pra Segurar 1:54
19 Bárbara 2:01
20 Mar E Lua 2:02
21 Você  2:25
22 Reconvexo 3:23
23 Todo O Sentimento 2:35
24 Emoções 2:56
25 Todo O Sentimento 1:18

  Maria Bethania - Ao Vivo    (ogg  146mb)

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This album and homonymous show were Maria Betânia's commemoration of her 50 years of age, 35 years of her career, and 35 albums. Differently than in other recent albums, where she has permitted herself the luxury of including cheesy songs in the "breganejo" style (which is in the top charts in Brazil), in this one the repertory is excellent, consisting of all-time classics and songs by new composers such as Adriana Calcanhoto and Carlinhos Brown. An acoustic album with sensitive violão (Jaime Além) punctuation, the world touch was given by special guests Zap Mama, Sabine Kabongo, and Angelique Wilkie. The general tone is romantic (but not corny), with excellent orchestral touches here and there, but Paulinho da Costa brings his percussive talents to the swinging "Invocação" and the subtle samba rendition for Ary Barroso's "Quando Penso Na Bahia" has a wonderful trombone (non-credited) in the best gafieira style. The album also has the special guest Chico Buarque. Attention also for the beautiful "Brisa," divided in an a cappella introduction and Brazilian viola backing.

Maria Bethania - Ambar   (flac  281mb)

01 Âmbar 4:36
02 Chão De Estrelas 3:38
03 Iluminada 2:14
04 Onde Estará O Meu Amor 3:33
05 Lua Vermelha 3:35
06 O Circo 3:23
07 Uns Versos 3:00
08 Allez Y 3:19
09 Todos Os Lugares 3:31
10 Quando Eu Penso Na Bahia 2:51
11 Ave Maria 3:24
12 Eterno Em Mim 2:12
13 Brisa 1:57

Maria Bethania - Ambar    (ogg  113mb)

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This is Bethania's most misunderstood work.It starts off with Tremzinho which tells the story of a little boy travelling throughout the countryside of Brazil.Any clues? This album was intended to be her sort of country. However,since it's somewhat fragmented,some listeners might find it inconsistent.I find it interesting.And as usual,I find Bethania's vocals at its best.And there's the controversy surrounding E O Amor song included in the soap opera Suave Veneno.To me, it's a beautiful ballad which shows her unmatched vocal talent.It took her to # 2 that year in the Brazilian hit parade.The album revisited Espere Por Mim Morena penned by Gonzaguinha and also Eu Queria Que Voce Viesse written by Marisa Monte.My favorite is her tribute to actress Cacilda Becker, Cacilda which reminds me of her early work in Passaro Da Manha and Alibi. The album's flaws notwithstanding, it remains a good representation of Bethania's work.

Maria Bethania - A Forca Que Nunca Seca   (flac 248mb)

01 Trenzinho Caipira 3:37
02 Luar Do Sertao/Azulao 3:22
03 É O Amor 4:20
04 Nao Tenha Medo 3:27
05 Eu Queria Que Voce Viesse 2:57
06 Espere Por Mim Morena 3:05
07 Resto de Mim 2:59
08 Gema 2:52
09 Cacilda 2:22
10 Agradecer E Abracar 3:31
11 As Flores Do Jardim da Nossa Casa 3:25
12 Romaria 3:16
13 A Forca Que Nunca Seca 2:17
14 Vila Do Adeus 3:07

Maria Bethania - A Forca Que Nunca Seca      (ogg 103 mb)

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Maria Bethânia, sister of Caetano Veloso, was the first of the Tropicália Bahian innovators to become a star in Brazil. Her strong, mezzo voice, and interpretations immediately attracted an audience in the 1960s, and she has remained a leading, beloved vocalist. She furthered Brazilian poet-songwriters and modern, different ballad styles without become politically radical. This 2-disc album is of a concert in São Paulo in December 2001 featuring many of her hit recordings. Songs came from the pens of Edu Lobo and Chico Buarque, Chico César, Tom Jobim, Veloso, Fernando Pessoa, Dorival Caymmi, Giberto Gil, Djavan, Roberto Mendes, Beto Guedes, and many others, including her own works. Package credits and notes are in Portuguese only; her spoken introductions to songs are for those who understand the language. She has a large group of supporting musicians on stage, including violins, bass, and cello as well as electric and acoustic guitars, 7-string violão, 10-string viola (guitar), piano, drums, and percussion, among them her long-time collaborator guitarist Jaime Alem. Nicely engineered, the album has the magic of audience interaction, and Bethânia's emotional, precise renditions are moving. If you desire but one representative album of hers, then this is the one

Maria Bethania - Maricotinha Ao Vivo (avi  704mb)

01 Abertura: Dionisia Número 1
02 A Moça Do Sonho
03 Texto: Sou Eu Mesmo O Trocado
04 O Quereres
05 Pau-de-arara
06 Dona Do Dom
07 Festa
08 Trecho: A Moça Do Sonho
09 Texto: Eu Não Sabia, Tu Não Sabias
10 Fotografia
11 Anos Dourados
12 Todo O Amor Que Houver Nessa Vida
13 De Todas As Maneiras
14 Texto: Eu Quero Ser Possuida Por Você
15 Seu Jeito De Amar
16 Negue
17 Sob Medida
18 Fera Ferida
19 Casinha Branca
20 O Canto De Dona Sinhá (Toda Beleza Que Há)
21 O Tempo E O Rio
22 Menininha
23 Texto: Poema Do Menino Jesus
24  O Doce Mistério Da Vida (Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life)
25 Maricotinha
26 Baila Comigo/Shangrilá
27 Cantada (Depois De Ter Você)
28 Nossa Canção
29 Sábado Em Copacabana
30 Texto: Boates
31 Se Eu Morresse De Saudades
32 Álibi
33 Nem Sol, Nem Luã, Nem Eu
34 Texto: Quando O Amor Vacila
35 Noite De Estrelas
36 Texto: Quem É Essa Agora
37 Pra Rua Me Levar
38 Texto: Senhores, Sou Um Poeta
39 Apesar De Você
40 Tercho: A Moça Do Sonho
41 Opinião
42 Rosa Dos Ventos
43 Texto: E Depois De Uma Tarde
44 Amor De Indio
45 Texto: Agradecimentos
46 Explode Coração

Maria Bethania - Maricotinha Ao Vivo  (U Tube)

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