Sala de Recepção

Lyrics from "Sala de Recepção" by Cartola (early 1940s, recorded on Cartola II [1976]) -- Inhabited by people so simple and so poor Who have only the sun for shelter How can you sing, Mangueira? (response) Well we'll have you know we don't desire any more At night, the silvery moon, in silence, listens to our songs… Continue reading Sala de Recepção

“Mangueira, Não” and “Silenciar a Mangueira, Não”

"Mangueira, Não" by Herivelto Martins and Grande Otelo (1943) ---They destroyed Praça Onze They demolished plazas and roads, I know They can even do away with Estácio, grand old Estácio de Sá Knock down all the morros, tear down my shack But silence Mangueira, no! Mangueira was a morro born dancing samba And lived singing Mangueira was… Continue reading “Mangueira, Não” and “Silenciar a Mangueira, Não”

Adeus, Mangueira

"Adeus, Mangueira" by Herivelto Martins and Grande Otelo (1958) ---Juscelino summoned me - I'm going to die of saudade, but I'm goingGoodbye, Mangueira, goodbye my Vigário Geral Goodbye, my samba, goodbye federal capital I was born on the morro (ai ai ai), and I grew up on the morro (ai ai ai) Excuse me, Sir,… Continue reading Adeus, Mangueira