Oswaldinho, the infant prodigy of the accordion, whose real name is Oswaldo de Almeida e Silva, was born in Duque de Caxias, a suburb of Rio, on the 5th June 1954. This son of the famous and mythical Pedro Sertanejo who was the pioneer of forró in São Paulo, made his first record at the age of eight and regularly accompanied his father on stage or to the record studios of Continental.
He was rapidly acclaimed as a great artist after his first success: a new rendering on the accordeon to nordestin rhythms, of Beethoven’s 5th symphony. From then on he accompanied most of the best Brazilian musicians: Luiz Gonzaga, Sivuca, Dominguinhos, Tom Zé, Fagner, Djavan, Nara Leão, Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Jackson do Pandeiro…
Invited to the big international music scenes (Jazz à Juan, Montreux Jazz Festival, Rock In Rio, Ball Room and Blue Note in New-York), Oswaldinho the virtuoso remained an eternal student, a “musical genius” a perfectionist, always looking for technical improvements and sound enhancements. An authentic “musical researcher” and a tireless “sound machine”.
With “Um bom forró”, Oswaldinho gives us a sumptuous swing recital, with traditional forrós and academic “xotes” where he alternates dancing, poetry, spirituality, heartaches and unequivocal invitations “ to enjoy life”. As in this song Amor de sexta-feira (Friday’s love affair), he made the following remark: “ Just a one night stand, without any commitments, leaving memories for the next one”. Sic.