Roberta Sá in Salvador

Roberta Sá in Salvador
Can she swing?

If you don’t have your tickets then you’re too late for this: Roberta Sá will be performing tonight in the Caixa Cultural Salvador on Avenida Carlos Gomes (57) beginning at 7 p.m.

Roberta has a lovely voice, but can she swing? She recorded an album of songs by Roque Ferreira entitled Quando o Canto é Reza, When the Song is a Prayer, accompanied by the fiercely wonderful Trio Madeira Brasil. But Roque didn’t like the record. It didn’t swing.

These were songs, sambas, in the style of the Recôncavo which is where Roque was born (in the town of Nazaré das Farinhas)…and the samba of the Recôncavo swings.

I love this record! The songs are beautiful and beyond this they are beautiful expressions of deep Recôncavo culture. They are beautiful played straight. The composer doesn’t agree. C’est la vie!

Roque’s music is hearable on his Matrix 121 page.