Great Brazilian Music


The most well known folk music style which has emerged from the Brazilian Amazon region is carimbó, which was born out of a mix of folk music from West Africa and Europe, as well as the local Amerindian music. The early carimbó music was accompanied by a kind of drums, made ​​of tree trunks, called curimbó. It was these drums which later gave origin to the name of the music genre. A traditional carimbó band includs two curimbó drums, one larger, which provides a bass sound and one smaller, which produces a lighter sound. Also included are a maracas, a wooden flute and a fore stringed guitar. More modern carimbó music is typically performed with several wind instruments, such as clarinet, saxophone and other flutes. Like most other musical genrese since 1960’s and and 70’s, electrical instruments such as bass guitar, are now used within carimbó. Carimbó music has also incorporated musical influences from the nearby Caribbean region, as for example merengue and cumbia.

In recent decades, a wide range of new popular music styles, all based on carimbó, have developed in the state of Pará. These include brega pop, lambada and tecnobrega. The lambada clearly preserved the characteristic and easily recognizable rhythm of the carimbó, and was a huge international success for a brief period in the late 1980’s.

Examples of carimbó music

Esse rio é minha rua, Fafá de Belém, 1976
A Cobra é Venenosa, Verequete e o Conjunto Uirapuru, 1976



Carimbó dance.

Forest and river in the Amazon region.