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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Elder Silveira's Favorite Band

Banda Calypso was formed in Belém in 1999, by the couple Joelma (vocal and choreographies) and Chimbinha (guitar). Initially restricted to the musical circuit of the North and Northeast of Brazil, the band today have great success in all the country and are becoming popular outside of Brazil.


Banda Calypso became known in Brazil by rhythm of calypso, original rhythm of the South Caribbean and adapted the regional rhythms in Pará. Many credit ska as a great influence in the work of the band. Some classify the band as MPB, a more general label.

Musica Popular Brasileira (MPB) is a common term for the Brazilian popular music that developed alongside the bossa nova. Although not strictly a form of tropicalia music, many MPB musicians have played tropicalia, and the two are sometimes used synonymously. Compared to the songs of tropicalia musicians, the greatest common bond is in the lyrics, which are well thought out, keyed to musical events of the accompaniment, poetic, elegant, and above all, socially aware. Rock, folk, classical, samba, bossa nova, and more are all part of the musical mix of tropicalia. But tropicalia lasted for only a few years — the style expanded and is better known today as MPB.

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