INEZITA BARROSO (São Paulo, March 4, 1925 - São Paulo, March 8, 2015)

            Daughter of a traditional São Paulo family, raised in the neighborhood of Barra Funda, Ignez Magdalena Aranha de Lima grew up between the city and the parents' coffee farm in the interior. Enchanted with the viola caipira, the folias de Reis and Divino, the dances catira and cateretê, the songs of St. John, began to sing and study guitar at the age of seven. As a teenager, he performed recitals and concerts, despite his father's opposition seeing his studies being harmed. He only got his freedom when he married a Cearense, which gave him a trip through the Northeast to collect folkloric material and start an artistic career under the name of Inezita Barroso.

In 1951, he recorded the first 78 rpm (Sinter label) with the macumba Funeral of Um Rei Nagô (Heckel Tavares, Murilo Araújo) and the Amazonian song Curupira (Waldemar Henrique). In 1953, the initial success in double dose: Fashion of Pinga (Laureano) and the samba Ronda (Paulo Vanzolini), by the seal RCA Victor. The following year, Inezita Barroso made her film debut with the main role, alongside Colé Santana and Adoniran Barbosa, in the film Mulher de Verdade, the last work of the master Alberto Cavalcanti, and won the Saci and Governador of the State of São Paulo awards. best actress. It is also possible to mention, acting only as singer the film Carnaval Em Lá Maior (by Adhemar Gonzaga, 1955), with exclusive artists of Radio and TV Record.

Also in the 50's, the first LPs were released in 10 '(Copacabana label), with an exemplary repertoire: Inezita Barroso (1955) accompanied by the Hervê Cordovil Orchestra: Prace a Saint Benedito (Hervê Cordovil), Banzo (Heckel Tavares, Murilo Araújo), Maria Júlia (traditional, collected by the singer); Dances Gaúchas (1955), songs collected from the choreographic folklore of Rio Grande do Sul: Pézinho, Balaio (traditional, adapted by Barbosa Lessa and Paixão Côrtes), Rancheira de Cadeirinha (Barbosa Lessa); There Comes Brazil (1956), rediscovering the country through its songs: Sinhá Network (Leyde Olivé), Galope À Beira Mar (Luiz Vieira); Things of My Brazil (RCA Victor, 1956), highlighted: Statutes of Gafieira (Billy Blanco), Fazenda do Ingá (Zé do Norte).

From 1958, back to Copacabana, he presented new albums: Vamos Falar Do Brasil, with arrangements by maestro Hervê Cordovil and pearls: Peixe Vivo (Tradicional), Zabumba de Nego (Hervê Cordovil), Lampião de Gás (Zica Bérgami) , Feast of the Congado (Juraci Silveira); Inezita Presents (1958), which brings together great composers: Edvina de Andrade (Cateretê), Babi de Oliveira (Seresta da Saudade) Juraci Silveira (Adeus Minas Gerais), Leyde Olivé (Recado); Canto da Saudade (1959), irreplaceable from beginning to end: In Baixa do Sapateiro (Ary Barroso), Luar do Sertão (João Pernambuco, Catulo da Paixão Cearense), Maringá (Joubert de Carvalho), Sussuarana (Heckel Tavares, Luiz Peixoto) ; Inezita, his viola and his guitar (1960), another exceptional release: The Troco de Quê (Luiz Vieira), Moda do Mula Preta (Raul Torres), The Voice of the Guitar (Francisco Alves, Horácio Campos), Moda da Onça , Collected by the singer); Inezita Barroso (1961), includes the pearls: Tamba-Tajá (Waldemar Henrique), Caboclo House (Heckel Tavares, Luiz Peixoto), Viola Quebrada (Mário de Andrade, Ary Kerner); Classics of Caipira Music (1962), in the repertoire are: Chico Mineiro (Tonico, Francisco Ribeiro), From the Side that the Wind Goes (Raul Torres), Jeca's Sadness (Angelino de Oliveira); Recital (1962), to delight: Uirapuru, Boi Bumbá (those of Waldemar Henrique), Prenda Minha (Traditional gaúcha); The Girl and the Band (1963), with the Band of the Public Force of the State of São Paulo: White Swan (Antônio Manoel do Espírito Santo, Benedito Xavier de Macedo), Hino à Bandeira (Francisco Braga, Olavo Bilac); Let's Talk about Brazil Again (1966), with arrangements of War Fish: Port Quay (Capiba), Piaba (Traditional, adaptation of Inezita Barroso); Recital # 2 (1969), in particular: Morena Morena (Francisco Mignone), Falua (João de Barro, Alberto Ribeiro); Modinhas (1970), among pearls is paned: Modinha (Villa-Lobos, Manoel Bandeira), Lost Heart (Mário de Andrade); Classics of Caipira Music No. 2 (1972), it is worth mentioning: Saudades de Matão (Jorge Galati, Raul Torres), O Menino da Porteira (Teddy Vieira, Luisinho); Fashions and Songs (1975), it is always good to hear: I made A Bed On the Balcony (Dilú Mello), My Lemon My Lemon Tree (Traditional, adapted by José Carlos Burle); Inezita em Todos Los Cantos (1975), includes traditional songs from Minas Gerais It's A Flower of Heaven, I Love You A Lot (collected in Diamantina and Ouro Preto); Joia da Música Sertaneja (1978), the title says it all: Canoeiro (Zé Carreiro), Close to the Heart (Raul Torres, João Pacífico); Inezita Barroso & Evandro and his Regional (1979), a historical show: João Valentão (Dorival Caymmi), Floor of Stars (Silvio Caldas, Orestes Barbosa); Joia da Música Sertaneja, vol. 2 (1980), it is worth checking: Ciriema (Mário Zan, Nhô Pai), Jorginho do Sertão (Cornélio Pires), and others.

From that year, she began to participate weekly on TV Cultura / SP of the program Viola Minha Viola, next to Moraes Sarmento, and from the middle of 1990, only by the singer. Of national repercussion, it rescued the caipira music (notably the use of the viola), and received interpreters, traditional double sertanejas in auditorium always replete. In 1985, a new success took place with the album Inezita Barroso, The Incomparable (label Lider), classics of the national songbook like: Vida Marvada (Almirante, José Lúcio de Azevedo), Chuá Chuá (Pedro de Sá Pereira, Ari Pavão), Yesterday Moonlight (Pedro de Alcântara, Catulo da Paixão Cearense). With the master violin miner Roberto Corrêa (based in Brasilia), he recorded two copies (RGE label): Voz e Viola (1996), in the repertoire: Happiness (Lupicínio Rodrigues), Romaria (Renato Teixeira) and Caipira de Fato , Between the tracks: Benzim (Traditional), De Papo Pro Á (Joubert de Carvalho, Olegário Mariano). In 1999, the tireless singer presented the CD Sou Mais Brasil (seal CPC-UMES), a parade of admirable songs: Viola Enluarada (Marcos Valle, Paulo Sérgio Valle), Saudade Mata A Gente (João de Barro, Antônio Almeida) Cuitelinho (folkloric collected by Paulo Vanzolini) participation of Théo de Barros, Ave Maria (Erothides de Campos). The following year, InterCD recorded live the album Perfil de São Paulo: Inezita Barroso and Isaias and their Chorões, in a beautiful tribute to the state of São Paulo, accompanied by an excellent group of instrumentalists, when he plays: Bonde Camarão ( Cornélio Pires), in Serra da Mantiqueira (Ary Kerner), Profile of São Paulo (Francisco de Assis Bezerra de Menezes).

In 2003, the CD Inezita Barroso was released: today remembando (label Trama), with arrangements and the guitar of Theo de Barros, in addition to unpublished songs by Paulo Vanzolini: Bem Iguais e Reward. His farewell musical Dream of Caboclo (Independente, 2009), brings the mark of saudade: Flower of the Cafezal (Luiz Carlos Paraná), Rio de Lágrimas (Tião Carreiro, Piraci, Lourival dos Santos), Dream of Caboclo (Adauto Santos), citing Just some of his beautiful repertoire. In 2014 became immortal being elected to the Paulista Academy of Letters, for its important and meritorious work of research of the national folklore. A great singer, bold for her time, with a strong voice, perfect technique, which gave the Brazilian the concept of good taste for country music.


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