Samba Lesson # 2 (part 2)

Demonios da Garoa (Demons of the Light Rain) is the oldest real band in existence that is still active.  They’ve been mentioned in the Guiness Book of records.  They formed in 1943 and were extremely popular in the 50s and 60s.  Unlike most of the bands we’ll feature in our lessons, Demonios da Garoa is a band whose music describes the lives of Paulistsas, people from Sao Paulo.  The people described in their songs are the corrupt Portuguese of Sao Paulo and mafiosos of Italian descent.  Sao Paulo has a huge italian population.  My aunt (mom’s sister) married an Italian…whose last name is Ferrari.  When I listen to Demonios da Garoa, I picture a good-looking guy with italian features, hair slicked back,  leaning against a wall, talking to his girl…telling her he can’t stay.

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