Folia de Reis

Afro-Brazilian roots music, featuring Café, Dom Salvador, Cidinho (vocals, percussion, accordion, keyboards)

FoliaDeReisThe culture of Brazil is rich with Afro-Brazilian folklore and traditions. The three musicians who comprise the trio “Folia de Reis” are dedicated to celebating those roots with their wonderful, joyous music. It is a kind of music that we in the United States rarely have the opportunity to hear, because the musicians who are steeped in the traditions rarely come here — and even more rarely, live here. We are lucky to have Dom Salvador, Cidinho and Café living in New York, to share their music with us today. Their deeply felt commitment to their ancestors, roots, and guiding powers is captured in the music and rhythms, including traditional music and original compositions based on their traditions.  Cidinho. . . Dom Salvador. . . Café. . . Ask anyone involved with Brazilian music — in Brazil or in the United States — and they’ll tell you that these three incredibly talented, knowledgeable, versatile and passionate musicians are indeed three kings of Brazilian music.

About the celebration, “Folia de Reis”

“Folia de Reis” (Folly of the Kings) was the name of a celebration brought to Brazil by African slaves in the 18th century and was a secular version of the Bible story of the three kings, or Magi. “Folia de Reis” runs from December 24 to January 6 (the Day of the Kings) and continues throughout Brazil to this day.

accordion
piano
surdo
agogô
chékere
congas
tamborim
sacred Batá drums
(Ayá, Okónkolo, Ytótele)
quinto
tumbadora
pandeiro
balafon
pan

Some of the instruments:

Accordion, piano, surdo, agogô, chékere. congas, tamborim, sacred Batá drums (Ayá, Okónkolo, Ytótele), quinto, tumbadora, pandeiro. balafon, pan.

Some of the rhythms:

Xote, Maracatu, samba ljexa, samba choro, samba de caboclo, samba bossa, Xaxado, Afoxé. Afojong.

Ellen Azorin, President
Cantaloupe Music Productions, Inc.
Phone: 212.724.2400
E-Mail: music.inquiry@cantaloupeproductions.com

“Ancestors”:

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“Xote da Saudade”:

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