For the 9th Edition of the open air cinema and music festival in ´SalaMontjuïc´, at 9pm sharp, Tambor de Saia, a Brazilian band made up of six women singers and percussionists who know how to get the crowd involved with their energy and danceable rhythms. They come from Brazil, more specifically from the province of Minas Gerais (in the southeast), but they travelled the whole country taking their music to Bahia, Alagoas, Pernambuco and Maranhão. Since their beginnings they´ve taken their music to the most important traditional festivals in the area, to keep Brazilian oral tradition alive, reinterpreting some of the popular songs and creating a delightful music sound. For more information you can visit their official website: www.tambordesaia.com
The band members are Vivian Amarante, Tais Bailleiro, Cecilia Debergh, Anna Herrero, Yolanda Moreno and Val Plaza. United by a rampant passion for music, they decided to start this musical project with the intention of enacting popular Brazilian culture on the international scene. Popular Brazilian tradition proposes a vast amount of material for interpretation in a contemporary key, and Tambor de Saia tries taking the same folkloric culture as a starting point to come up with rhythms, dances and songs that can show at least a part of such a happy and colourful culture. The women in this band want to transmit the feeling and the colour of their country of origin and they do so with such energy that one can´t just sit down and watch them perform. You have to dance!
The music that they put forward, far from being ´homogenous´, is a clever mix of many different styles, rhythms and dances that come from the whole of Brazil. The rhytmic and musical diversity that you hear during their concerts is sometimes unknown to the European crowd, who sometimes doesn´t get to know the style further than the so-called PBM (Popular Brazilian Music). This genre, born in 1966 with the second generation of Bossa Nova, began to incorporate different elements like rock and samba, as well as pop and reggae (whose influence began to add to the cause in the 90s). Tambor de Saia investigates new sounds from PBM and the ´classics´ of balao, choro, frevo and forró, in a tireless job, where vocal and instrumental preparation transmit to the public the wealth of these rhythms and songs. A musical voyage around Brazil.
In the ´Sendero Mestizo´ show which premiered in 2010, a sound path is put forward which will take is from the south east of Brazil to the north, going through a diverse group of rhythms and expressions of popular folklore. The duration of the Tambor de Saia concerts is usually around 1h 15 minutes.
Right then, if you like Latin rhythms and you want to come to enjoy such a varied and energetic concert, don´t miss Tambor de Saia en Montjuïc on August 3rd. You can rent apartments in Barcelona and it will be worth it to stay a few days for more cultural activities that this city puts forward in the summer.
Translated by: aleixgwilliam