Hey, here’s a project I’ve been working on, is for a Soccer World Cup 2014 online campaign, for a major credit card (that I cannot mention).
The project consist on 32 versions (one for each country in the World Cup final stage) of Carlinhos Brown’s Maria Caipirinha. I produced the song from an Uruguayan point of view, and recorded myself the lead voices, bass, guitar and drums programming, along with master drummer Ramón Echegaray on Candombe drums, and Sofía Juan and Horacio Martinez on backing vocals.
Here a notes I wrote about this version of the song, and the Uruguayan folklore:
This Uruguayan version of the song it’s deeply cemented on the rhythm of the Candombe drums. The Uruguayan Candombe is an Afro-Uruguayan music and dance, instituted nationally and internationally as the Uruguayan cultural heritage. At the heart of this cultural form, both musically and symbolically, is the drum (commonly referred to in Uruguay as tambor), along with collective drumming performances known as llamadas. The typical Candombe drums configuration is based on three tambores: Chico, Repique y Piano. For this recording we were fortunate in having Master Drummer Ramon Echegaray, who recorded Chico and Repique, since the Piano (the lowest of the three drums) in this case was replaced with the Kick of the drum kit. Along with the traditional tambores, we recorded for this song the chant according with the traditional Murguero way of singing. The Murgas are vocal ensambles that participates in the carnival, each Murga works a particular style, where the vocal harmonies and the sarcastic and humorous lyrics are preponderant.
Source: The Candombe Drumming of Uruguay: Contextualizing Uruguayan Identity Through Afro-Uruguayan Rhythm – Clifford T. Sutton, University of Miami
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