Jacob Pick Bittencourt, aka Jacob do Bandolim, was one of 20th-century Brazil's greatest composers, as well as a crack bandolim player. Here's one of his most famous pieces, Assanhado, played by Trio Madeira Brasil and percussionist Beto Cazes.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
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Trumpeter Ignace de Souza led the Black Santiagos, one of the most important bands on Ghana's 1960s highlife scene. De Souza's relaxed style and affinity for Cuban music make his music a standout. Here's one of his hits, Augustina.
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Iko Iko is one of the best-known Mardi Gras songs - but not that many people realize that it came from the masking Indians.
The lyrics are somewhat garbled today, but a flag boy is still an essential part of every tribe.
One of my favorite things about this version - by the Dixie Cups - "found" percussion (drumsticks on a glass ashtray).