SONG OF THE DAY Jackson Do Pandeiro – Auê Berimbaú


Most days I am indebted to music for what it does to my mental wellbeing, but I wanted to share how glad I am to have something to turn to, something that can always lift me up no matter what! This blog has taken me so far, led me to places I’d never dreamed I’d find beautiful sounds and I’m so glad I’ve persisted over the years! Some days I find it a struggle, but I couldn’t be without it now!

Today we are once again in the sunny realms of Brazil, this time to enjoy the music of José Gomes Filho, a.k.a Jackson do Pandeiro.  Active for nearly three decades, this Brazilian singer-songwriter and percussionist has been described by Allmusic as a “key promoter of Northeastern Brazilian music (along with Luiz Gonzaga) and one of the most inventive and influential Brazilian musicians” – though regretfully much of his recognition was after his passing.  

Jackson Do Pandeiro grew up in a musical family and from an early age his singer/ percussionist mother introduced him to music. HIs first choice of instrument as a child was the accordion, but his parents couldn’t afford this and instead bought him a pandeiro (a type of tambourine). He then began to play music with the zabumba (a type of bass drum), and started to assist his mother in performances.  When Jackson was 13 his family moved to Campina Grande, a city in Paraíba and it was he that he started to perform in various cabarets, as well as working on the radio. It was at this time that he took on the pseudonym of Jackson do Pandeiro, a name inspired by his mother who had nicknamed him “Jack” after the cowboy and western actor Jack Perry!

In the early 50’s, he had his first hit with Sebastiana, a song based on traditional Brazilian rhythms, which was also reissued by Mr Bongo on some of their Brazilian compilations!      Many more albums and singles followed, though his success took a dip in the late 60’s, only to regain itself in the 1970’s! Auê Berimbaú appeared on his É Sucesso album which was released on the Brazilian label, Cantagalo in 1967.  Highlighted by vibrant percussion and warming call and response vocals, the only thing I can fault about this song is it’s length!! It’s only 1:49 minutes long and could really do with at least another two minutes so that the percussion could really work its magic! Check it out above.

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