Só Xerêm (Tratore, 2003)
Bahia, Rio and Sao Paulo dominate a lot of the music that is produced in
Brazil. Little by little, the sounds from other regions are managing to generate
Aflalo, a singer from São Paulo, is playing a leading role in the
project to celebrate the musical achievements of her grandfather, Xerêm, a
talented Brazilian composer, whose musical career goes back to long before the
40s during the golden age of radio in Rio de Janeiro.Xerêm’s music was rooted in traditional regional music from the northeast of
Brazil, such as baião, xote, embolada and côco. Cris Aflalo has added innovative
arrangements to her grandfather’s songs and is now introducing his songs and the
beats of northeastern Brazil to new audiences.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.