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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Zenilton - Meu Pernambuco– from Namoro No Escuro - Tropicana 1973

Zenilton - Meu Pernambuco– from Namoro No Escuro - Tropicana 1973

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Click on the video above to play the song.

Zenilton is an accordion player and songwriter. Zenilton began recording in 1967 and he’s still keepin' on keepin' on at the ripe old age of 73. Like many forró-cious artists, Zenilton recorded a heap of albums for multiple record labels with scant reissues on CD.

Sometimes one has to hunt for gems on Zenilton LPs. Meu Pernambuco is a great tune dedicated to Zenilton’s home state in Brazil. The budget label Tropicana was a subsidiary of Cantagalo. Although recording budgets for Tropicana were probably more skint than those on CBS or RCA judging by the mixes and sound on many of the albums, some cuts were fantastic, like Meu Pernambuco. Perhaps having access to a budget label allowed many forró artists to record albums that may not have existed otherwise?

Zenilton from the cover of Namoro No Escuro


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