Nos

Nos

by Virginia Rodrigues
     
 
Delivering music of stunning beauty, Bahian singer Virginia Rodrigues confounds the stereotypes: She brings a classical veneer to a repertoire of deepest Afro-Brazilian song with a contralto of operatic clarity. SOL NEGRO, her debut, voiced this intriguing mix here and there, but NOS defines Rodrigues's music as nothing less than chamber

Overview

Delivering music of stunning beauty, Bahian singer Virginia Rodrigues confounds the stereotypes: She brings a classical veneer to a repertoire of deepest Afro-Brazilian song with a contralto of operatic clarity. SOL NEGRO, her debut, voiced this intriguing mix here and there, but NOS defines Rodrigues's music as nothing less than chamber samba, suited for the concert hall rather than the Carnaval. The arrangements of familiar chants such as "Uma História de Ifa" and "Raça Negra," which can be heard voiced en masse by Bahia's blocos afro during Carnaval, are remarkable. Rich, reedy and mournful, Rodrigues's interpretations extract the nostalgia inherent in Brazil's swing (and even more pronounced in Portuguese fado and Cape Verdean morna). Without the rumble of percussion, these celebratory anthems are transformed into stunning testimonies of faith and survival in a strange place, delivered with a luminescent loneliness that's almost too hard to take. Since her "discovery" by Caetano Veloso, Rodrigues has changed perceptions of Brazilian music around the world, and on NOS, she continues forging her own tradition.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Strongly informed by Rodrigues' allegiance to the Condomble religion, a Yoruban/African-derived faith with similarities to Haiti's Santeria cult, Nos finds the Brazilian singer once again weaving her powerfully spiritual voice through a supple backdrop of Bahian rhythms and tropicalismo flourishes. The disc appropriately begins with a song to Exu -- the Condomble goddess who enables communion with the high deities -- with Rodrigues' operatic voice ideally set off by a percussion-only backdrop. What follows is a varied and stunning dance with the musical muses, ranging from the chamber-like intimacy of "Uma Historia de Ifa" to the samba and bossa nova pop sounds of "Afrekete." This song and the more somber "Salvador Nao Inerte" are reminiscent of fellow Bahian native Caetano Veloso's recent work; Veloso, in fact, was instrumental in discovering Rodrigues and contributes here on the duet "Jeito Faceiro." And besides a coterie of musical alumni from many stellar Brazilian sessions, including ones by Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Milton Nascimento, producer Celso Fonseca (who also manned Rodrigues' Hannibal debut, Sol Negro) provides tastefully updated samba backdrops full of stellar string and reed arrangements. One of the most impressive international releases from the last few years.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2000
Label:
Hannibal
UPC:
0031257144827
catalogNumber:
571448

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Virginia Rodrigues   Primary Artist,Choir, Chorus
Ramiro Musotto   Percussion,Berimbau,Calimba
Robertinho Silva   Percussion
Mauro Senise   Flute,Bass Clarinet
Dirceu Leitte   Clarinet
Celso Fonseca   Guitar,Lyre,Choir, Chorus,Tamboura,Bells,Bottle,Calimba
David Chew   Cello
Jurema Decandia   Choir, Chorus
Milton Guedes   Choir, Chorus
Daniel Garcia   Tenor Saxophone
Vittor Santos   Trombone
Zé Canuto   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Thiago Braga   Choir, Chorus
Rui Alvim   Clarone
Gabriela Azevedo   Choir, Chorus
Nair Cândia   Choir, Chorus
Déborah Cheyne   Viola
Ana Maria de Oliveria   Violin
Philip Doyal   Horn
Bettina Graziani   Choir, Chorus
Eveline Hecker   Choir, Chorus
Henrique Band   Baritone Saxophone
Bruno Levinson   Choir, Chorus
Adriana Maciel   Choir, Chorus
Patricia Marahão   Choir, Chorus
Mauro Rufino Martins   Violin
Gustavo Menezes   Violin
Júlio Moura   Choir, Chorus
Marluce Oliveira   Violin
Nayrah Pessanha   Viola
Eduardo Prado   Choir, Chorus
Felipe Prazeres   Violin
Elisa Queiroz   Choir, Chorus
Gui Rodriguez   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Caetano Veloso   Art Direction
Denilson Campos   Engineer
Ramiro Musotto   Arranger
Celso Fonseca   Producer
Thiago Braga   Executive Producer
Hélio Eichbaugher   Artwork
Patricia Marahão   Graphic Design
Duda Mello   Engineer
Mário Possollo   Engineer
Eduardo Souto Neto   String Arrangements,Wind Arrangements
Eduardo Costa   Engineer

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