Samba De Veio Da Ilha Do Massangano

Afro-Brazilian

Samba de Véio, with its indigenous and African origins and influences, is one of the oldest popular cultural manifestations having survived more than 100 years on a small island on the banks of the São Francisco river in the north of Brazil.  The island of Massangano, 15 km from Petrolina, is situated in the sertão of Pernambuco where the group maintains its headquarters.

Samba de Véio is a popular cultural manifestation with profane and sacred characteristics.  An oral tradition, it has been passed down from generation to generation in the same family for the last 120 years ago.  Their live musical performances are group affairs where the drumming, singing and dancing all exist symbiotically.  The main instrument used by the group is the tamborete, a stool made of wood with a seat of goat skin, which in order to be played properly, needs to be heated up by fire.   They also use pandeiros, triangulo, and sometimes cavaquinho in addition to trading call and response vocals.

 

Tracks on Kafundó Records