Bolero and Samba-canção


The bolero is a rhythm that mixes Spanish roots with local influences of various Latin-American countries.  Cuban-born became known as Mexican romantic song, ran by modifications, especially developing more romantic themes and slower pace.  It has a tradition in the following countries: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil.

People talk that the Bolero name came from the idea that the dancers at that time used to use circles in your costumes “boleras“, therefore , the rhythm was named “BOLERO”.  Musically, the first bolero emerged on the date of 1883, in the voice of the Cuban José Sanchez, later adopted by the Mexicans, and then throughout Latin America.  It is known that the bolero influenced samba’s song, mambo (bolero-mambo), and salsa.  The most famous Mexican bolero is Bésame mucho, by Consuelo Velasquez made (1941), and interpreted, among others, by The Beatles, Plácido Domingo, Diana Krall, Joao Gilberto, Cesaria Évora, and Frank Sinatra. 


Samba-canção is a romantic commercial form of Samba that was popular I Brazil in the 1930s-1950s. Invented by composer Henrique Vogeler and translating as ‘samba song,’ the style showecases a slower tempo than traditional Samba. The melodic framework is typically more expansive and expressive, emphasizing the rhythm and percussion. Lyrics usually concern dramatic tales of love, marriage, and tragic romance.

Developed by songwriters in Rio de Janeiro in the 1920s, the samba-cancao soon became a hugely popular song form in the Brazilian music industry, with radio airwaves dominated by famous singers such as Francisco Alves and Orlando Silva singing in the style. Early recordings used sparse arrangements with piano or the cavaquinho guitar and pandeiro/tamborim drums, while by the 1950s, a more layered, orchestral musical backing was standard. During this time, the style was also frequently mixed and overlapped with Latin American Music genres such as Bolero (sambolero or bolero-canção), Tango and Chachachá.

Source:  Rate Your Music (RYM) database. Music genre Samba-canção.

Telma's repertoire in bolero and samba-canção include:

  • Não Se Esqueça de Mim (Roberto Carlos e Erasmo Carlos, Brasil)
  • No Se Porque te Quiero (Victor Manuel San Jose, España)
  • Historia de un amor (Carlos Eleta Almaran, Panamá)
  • Te quiero, te quiero (Augusto Algueró, España)
  • Hay Amores (Shakira, Colombia)
  • Azul (Agustin Lara, México)
  • Besame mucho (Consuelo Velazquez, México)
  • Nunca (Lupicinio Rodrigues, Jamelão, Brazil)
  • Negue (Adelino Moreira, Enzo de Almeida Passos, Brazil)
  • Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Oswaldo Farus , Cuba)
  • Sabor a mi (Los Panchos, Mexico)


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