Lia de Itamaracá (Brazil)

Lia de Itamaracá (Brazil)
Lia de Itamaracá
Lia de Itamaracá
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Lia de Itamaracá
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  • country:Brazil
  • style(s):Brazilian, Ciranda
  • label:Ciranda Productions
  • type:Band, Big Band
  • instrumentation:vocal, a cappella, percussion, singer songwriter
  • artist posted by:Amplifica Music

Line up

  • Antonio Januário  (percussion, caixa)
  • Bibiu (trumpet)
  • Biu Negão (trombone)
  • Danda (saxophone)
  • Dulce Baracho (backing vocals)
  • Dulce Baracho (Back vocal)
  • Gangga Barreto (Percussion/ Ganza/Alfaia)
  • Lia de Itamacará (Vocal)
  • Severina Baracho (back vocal)
  • Tony Boy (percussion/ Surdo/Alfaia)


Lia de Itamaracá has lived all her life on the island of Itamaracá and is today considered an icon of Ciranda music and dance, the cultural heritage of Pernambuco.
A Black Northeastern woman, artist and activist. Lia, at the height of her nearly 80s, is the vibrant voice of resistance and enlightened existence. Her weapon (and her soul) is ciranda.

Mixing Christian and pagan values, making use of the strength of oral culture and its power of transmission between generations, Ciranda sings/tells daily stories, while the body, assimilating the melody, moves, reacts to the rhythm, but also to the other bodies that follow, in a natural way, the choreography that never needed to be rehearsed. Resembling a tribalistic ritual, the wheel searches for its center, expands, moves in another direction. The succession of movements, the coming and going, provokes a wave of satisfaction, of liberation, culminating in a collective.

The collectivity is undoubtedly one of the most striking features of the ciranda, and recreates, in many aspects, life itself in the community.
In the ciranda so well disseminated by Lia, everyone is accepts as an equal, there, in the middle of the circle, there is no hierarchy, no prejudice, everyone is the protagonist and simply plays and this makes Ciranda a unique and extremely powerful cultural manifestation.

In a context in which Brazil and the whole world are so divided, ciranda can be prescribed as an antidote. For more Lias and cirandas, for less hatred and wars. This is what all of us citizens of the world need.

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Lia de Itamaracá (Brazil)