CD-4250 Brazilian Lullaby
Produced by Eduardo Muszkat
Released on September 28, 1999
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A h, who could forget such Irish lullabies as “When Irish Sheep Are Smiling” and “The Bells of Dingleberry?” Exactly, everybody. I don’t even sing Irish songs on St. Patrick’s Day. They’re depressing and invariably end up with someone either drowning at sea or losing a leg or having a leg chewed off by a shark while they’re drowning. So I’ve resisted singing Irish lullabies to my son for fear that he’ll wake up in the middle of the night sweating and clutching for his toes to make sure they’re still there. Brazilian lullabies (the other half of his heritage), however, are a sight better. Take Caetano Vaeloso’s “Leaozinho” for example: a lovely song about a little lion in which no one gets eaten. You won’t find that song on this compilation, but you will find a lot of comparable tunes. Of course, a child or two is eaten over the course of Brazilian Lullaby by the occasional tutu or jacare (alligator), but percentage-wise most of them escape with arms and legs intact by the end of the song. This compilation collects songs not only from popular children’s groups (Palavra Cantada, Priscilla Ermel) but also “adult” artists (Arnaldo Antunes, Tomaz Lima). Most of the songs have appeared on earlier works by the artists, with a half-dozen tracks unique to this CD. The lullabies themselves are warm, often humorous, ranging from bossa novas to ballads. Highlights include “Soneca,” “Sono de Gibi,” “Curio,” “Carneirinho 1, 2, 3” and the instrumentals “Nana Pra Brincar” and “Paula Sonhando.” AMG, in their exhaustive one-sentence review of this disc, described it as combining Brazil’s most-beloved lullabies (actually, they called them children’s lullabies, since apparently there’s been some confusion on the point) with the sounds of the Amazon rainforest, which is plainly erroneous on two matters. Point the first, half of these songs are recent compositions, and thus are unlikely to be among Brazil’s most-beloved lullabies; most-infatuated-with maybe, but it takes years for true belove to bloom. Point the second, these songs feature electric guitars, electronic keyboards, cellos, clarinets and midi sampling, none of which evoke the sound of the Amazon Rainforest in my mind. Maybe “Nhanderu Rymbaje” and “Dorme” sound a little rainforesty, but the rest of the disc is a mix of Brazilian pop and modern folk music for children played with the tongue-in-cheek urbanity that is something of a national hallmark. I own very few Ellipsis Arts discs (Jon Anderson’s Earthmotherearth is the only one that currently comes to mind), but I was impressed with the quality of this compilation. The putridity of most children’s music is an accepted fact, but Brazilian Lullaby is a clever antidote that will delight young and old alike…and transport them to the Amazon Rainforest also, apparently.


  1. Tomaz Lima: SE ESSA RUA FOSSE MINHA    (Traditional)    4:27
  2. Mônica Salmaso: SONECA    (Rodolfo Stroeter/Edgar Poças)    4:14
  3. Geraldo Leite: PRO NENÊ NANAR    (Paulo Tatit/Zé Tatit)    3:00
  4. Priscilla Ermel: ACALANTO    (Priscilla Ermel)    3:25
  5. Tenondé Porã: NHANDERU RYMBÁJE    (Traditional Guarani Indian)    3:39
  6. Grupo Roda Pião: BAMBALALÃO    (Traditional)    1:07
  7. Luiz Buneo: PAULA SONHANDO (PAULA DREAMING)    (Luiz Bueno)    3:32
  8. Arnaldo Antunes/Zaba Moreau: DORME    (Arnaldo Antunes)    3:44
  9. Priscilla Ermel: O BOI E O CARNEIRINHO    (Traditional/Priscilla Ermel)    4:04
  10. Mawaca: TUTU ÉVORA    (Traditional)    1:52
  11. Tomaz Lima: BOI DA CARA PRETA/TUTU MARAMBÁ/NANA NENÉM    (Traditional)    2:42
  12. Vange Milliet/Paulo Lepetit: NANA PRA BRINCAR    (Vange Milliet/Paulo Lepetit)    2:31
  13. Rodrigo Alzuguir: TRÊS BEIJINHOS    (Raquel Durães)    2:18
  14. Helio Ziskind: SONO DE GIBI    (Helio Ziskind)    2:16
  15. Sandra Peres: CARNEIRINHO 1, 2, 3    (Paulo Tatit)    2:06
  16. Marcio Lott: CURIÓ    (Marcos Amma, interpreted by Marcio Lott)    2:43
  17. Magda Pucci: MURUCUTUTU DO MURUNDU    (Traditional)    3:06


Rodrigo Alguzuir -- voice (13)
Marcos Amma -- percussion (16)
Arnaldo Antunes -- voice (8)
Sérgio Basbaum -- badolim
Luiz Bueno -- electric guitar and midi guitar (7)
Dante Buzetti -- Murucututu recording (17)
Zé Carlos -- flute (16)
Laudir de Oliveira -- arrangements and percussion (1)
Raquel Durães -- piano (13,16)
Priscilla Ermel -- voice, guitar, viola, caipira, cello (4,9)
Edson Frederico -- orchestra conductor (1)
Giba -- baixolão (10)
Grupo Roda Pião -- performers (6)
Geraldo Leite -- voice (3)
Paulo Lepetit -- guitar, mdi guitar, samplers (12)
Tomaz Lima -- voice and guitar (1,11)
Christiane Mariano -- voice (10)
Mawaca -- performers (10)
Zaba Moreau -- voice (8) André Pinheiro -- vibraphone (17)
Raphael Prista -- guitar (16)
Magda Pucci -- piano, voice (10,17)
Miguel Queiroz -- voice and percussion (6)
Edmund Raas -- flute (9)
Marcus Rocha -- voice (4)
Valquíria Rosa -- berimbau and pandeiro (9)
Mônica Salmaso -- voice (2)
Webster Santos -- bandolims (12)
Eugênio Tadeu -- voice (6)
Paulo Tatit -- keyboard, guitar, cavaquinho, organ, bass, ZZZ choir, percussion (2,3,8,14,15)
Tenond&eactute; Porã -- performers (5)
Akira Ueno -- bandolim (8)
Helio Zskind -- voice, percussion, keyboards, ZZZ choir (14)
Jeffrey Charno -- executive producer
Terpstra Design -- graphic design

US September 28, 1999 Ellipsis Arts CD CD-4250  


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