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Album Review

Memory of Brazilian music is almost non-existent. There is virtually no interest in the big recording companies in reissuing their old catalogs. So the kind of reissues/compilations such as the ones brought by this Raízes Do Samba series have to be praised, even if the booklet is incredibly poor, bringing no information for the novice whatsoever. The original records from which these tracks were taken, all big hits by the paulista group Demônios Da Garoa (the group's name, Drizzle's Demons, makes reference to that city's permanent weather), are all since long out of print. Comprising the group's recordings from 1955 to 1990, they were carefully remastered and the sound quality is fully acceptable.

The group keeps a regional formation (traditional choro group), with cavaquinho, violão de sete cordas (Brazilian seven-string guitar), percussion, and violão tenor, with an occasional clarinet, being the oldest active group in the world, according to Guinness Book of Records, 1994. They interpret the typical São Paulo samba, with its massive Italian influence in the broken Portuguese lyrics (Adoniran Barbosa, the best proponent of this style, in his "Um Samba No Bexiga," talks about a date set for "mezzanotte o'clock") and its chronicling of the everyday of that city.


Genre: MPB

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The Demônios da Garoa recorded 26 78 albums and, in total, 67 singles, LPs, and CDs, enjoying massive national popularity in the '50s and '60s with a revival in 1994. Mentioned in the 1994 edition of the Guiness Book of Records as the oldest popular music group in activity, they completed 58 years of work in 2001. Interpreting the samba done in São Paulo with a very peculiar style, they chronicle the way of life of Brazil's biggest metropolis and its characters as seen by a common person of the streets,...
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