Clementina de Jesus

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Clementina de Jesus is a fundamental interpreter of the Carioca folklore and samba. Through her work one can understand the evolution of samba, from the ancient sorcery rituals to the commercial songs on the radio. Work songs, jongos, religion-influenced benditos and ladainhas, and profane partidos are the basis of her repertory, interpreted with a rustic, unpolished low voice. Born in 1902, working as a maid for 20 years, she recorded her first album in 1966, Clementina de Jesus, which included "Tava Dormindo," "Piedade," and "Tute de Madame" (all from folklore). From her second album, Marinheiro Só (1973), are the folkloric "Lapa" and "Olhar Assim" (Paulo da Portela). The rest of the songs are from 1975 and 1979. She recorded younger, middle-class composers like Caetano Veloso ("Marinheiro Só"), João Bosco/Aldir Blanc ("Incompatibilidade de Gênios"), the samba paulista ("Torresmo à Milanesa" by Adoniran Barbosa/Carlinhos Vergueiro), and traditional sambistas like Candeia, Ivone Lara, Délcio Carvalho, Nelson Sargento, and the next generation of sambistas, represented by Paulinho da Viola ("Essa Nega Pede Mais"). The comp includes tracks with special guests Clara Nunes, Cristina Buarque, Roberto Ribeiro, Dona Ivone Lara, and Adoniran Barbosa.

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