Stefana de Macedo

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Stefana de Macedo was an artist devoted to northeastern folklore. She had her musical initiation at the Colégio Ramp Williams (Rio de Janeiro RJ), where she studied piano and violão (acoustic guitar)…
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Stefana de Macedo was an artist devoted to northeastern folklore. She had her musical initiation at the Colégio Ramp Williams (Rio de Janeiro RJ), where she studied piano and violão (acoustic guitar) with Patrício Teixeira and Rogério Guimarães as her instructors. In 1928, at 23, she debuted in a recital at the Teatro Lírico. The success yielded invitations by Odeon and Columbia record companies. She was always interpreting folkloric or folkloric-inspired songs; her albums became very popular, and she had hits with "História Triste De Uma Praieira," "Mãe Maria Camundu," "Bicho Caxinguelê," "Sussuarana," "Sodade Caboca," "Nos Cafundó do Coração," "Era Aquilo Só," "Saia Do Sereno," and several other songs. She was the composer of some of them and also interpreted tunes by João Pernambuco, Heckel Tavares, Luiz Peixoto, Olegário Mariano, Adeimar Tavares, and others. When the president Getúlio Vargas visited Argentina, he offered her an exhibition in Buenos Aires at the Colon theater, accompanied at the piano by Villa-Lobos himself. The success of the performance yielded her a contract with Radio Belgrano. Among the many tributes received, the one by the Academia de Letras de São Paulo deserves mention.