Saturday, September 3, 2016

Chôro -- foot tapping lament from Brazil

(We check out a musical genre borrowed from classical music) 

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Much before jazz originated -- and was taken to be the true improvisational genre -- there was festivity in Brazil in the form of Chôro, a genre of music. It was like bringing together the polkas and waltzes of European classical music and the African style drums played by slaves on boats and in dormitories.

Chôro means lament. But the music is mostly pleasant and peppy. Reminds you of married life doesn't it? And it's improvisational -- born in 19th century Brazil -- much before American jazz. You don't hear about this genre in popular Brazilian culture and assume Samba to be the great Brazilian sensation. Chôro is, in fact, closer to Brazil's soul.

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