João Dias

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João Dias was the main figure behind the divulgation of the choro of Pernambuco in Rio de Janeiro. The choro was developed in the northeast, parallel to the Carioca choro. Pernambuco has several singularities…
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João Dias was the main figure behind the divulgation of the choro of Pernambuco in Rio de Janeiro. The choro was developed in the northeast, parallel to the Carioca choro. Pernambuco has several singularities in relation to its Carioca cousin, among them are the choro regionais led by violonistas (acoustic guitarists) in the northeast, while in Rio, flutists and mandolinists are the regional leaders. Being introduced to Jacob do Bandolim, João Dias regularly sent him tapes of chorões of Pernambuco. In October 1959, João Dias gathered great names of northeastern choro in his car and headed southeast: Dona Ceça (Conceição Dias, Dias's wife and excellent violonista), the violonista Zé do Carmo (with his wife), the mandolinist Rossini Ferreira, and violonista Canhoto da Paraíba. The trip to Rio, which took five days, was quite hard; but at each night, when the retinue stopped to rest, they organized a roda de choro (choro get-together) which remained memorable in those cities (among them, Feira de Santana, Governador Valadares and Macaé). Arriving in Jacob do Bandolim's house, they were saluted with a big roda de choro, where many of the best Carioca chorões (choro players) were present. That was the beginning of the careers of the Pernambucan chorões on Rio's radios and recording companies and of the sharing of mutual influences by the chorões of both regions, which was very important for the development of the genre.