Rolando Boldrin

Disco Da Moda

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This is the remastered CD reissue of a 1993 LP which was awarded with Prêmio Sharp. Since 1960, Rolando Boldrin has been a celebrated artist in the Brazilian caipira (redneck) tradition. Having to be versatile to survive in his initial career, he was a soap opera actor, and participated in pocket shows where he was the actor, singer, declaimer, and contador de causos (storyteller) full of the genuine caipira humor, and this release brings samples (in the old meaning) of each. The album title, Disco da Moda, makes a pun with "moda," a traditional caipira genre meaning "fashionable," by making fun of the false opportunistic explorations of caipira music). For his 20th solo album, he brought an unusual partner: Tom Zé, in the writing of "A Moda do Fim do Mundo" ("The moda of the end of the world" -- "in 2000, we're still in time"). This live recorded release had his own voice overdubbed in thirds or sixths in the traditional way, and he played duets with himself throughout the show; this may seem a bad choice for a live performance, but he felt that way he would meet his concept more genuinely. He is backed by double bass, ten-string viola, violão, violin, accordion, and percussion.

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