Mittwoch, 6. Februar 2013


Forró is a traditional couple dance from Northeast Brazil. The word forró has its etymological beginnings in the word forrobodó, which refers to folk dances in general. Nowadays the term forró is used to indicate a summary of rhythms like Baião, Xote, Pé de Serra and Forró de Marcha. Baião was emerged and spread up-country at the beginning of the 20th century but was not popular before the international music scene was paying attention to the work of Luiz Gonzaga (1912-1989) in the 1940ies. At that time Luiz Gonzaga defined the three commanding instruments accordion, zabumba and triangle - the so called Trio Nordestino. There are many ways how to dance forró; very sensual, closely embraced, cheek to cheek - depending on the area of Brazil. The rhythm varies and creates an atmosphere where people enjoy coming together and having fun.