Cafezinho: Dia da MPB

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 10/17/2014 - 08:22 am

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October 17th is ‘Dia da MPB’ in Brazil

In keeping with the largely feminine nature of Brazilian song, the day commemorates the birth of pianist Chiquinha Gonzaga in 1847. She is widely regarded by cultural scholars as the first popular songwriter of Brazil.

MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) has its roots in samba but has grown to encompass and loosely define a variety of musical styles. Chiquinha composed several songs that today are part of the Brazilian cultural universe, including the samba marcinha 'Abre Alas'.

In past decades MPB has included early pioneers of Brazilian pop like Noel Rosa. MPB also gave rise to a generation of world-class musicians such as Elis Regina, Milton Nascimento, Gal Costa, Ivan Lins, Joyce Moreno, Caetano Veloso and many more.

Sra. Gonzaga maintained a position in high society throughout her life and is not related to the family of Luiz Gonzaga, a noted pioneer of popular music from the Brazilian northeast. 

Official recognition for this special day was signed into law in 2009 by President Dilma Rousseff.

Visit Chiquinha Gonzaga's website (in Portuguese)