São José dos Campos, São Paulo - Sexta, 25 de setembro de 2020


The soul of the Northeast
in the sound of Gonzaga

No other Brazilian artist managed to translate the feelings of the people of the Northeast as well as Luiz Gonzaga


For decades he sang of the joy and the pain, and the anguish [1]of the people in the Northeast. He used to dress like a cowboy, and he wore a traditional Cangaço hat [2]. His songs dealt with Northeastern migrants and their constant longing [3] for the homeland. For the singer Elba Ramalho, Luiz Gonzaga is the greatest icon of the Northeast. “He sang about the sky, the drought, the birds of the outback [4], love, and Saint John,” the singer said in an interview with Globo News. Gonzaga was born in Exu, Pernambuco, on December 13, 1912. He started to become successful from the 1940s, a time when most people were unaware [5] of Northeastern rhythms, such as baião, xaxado, and xote. His biggest hit was, “Asa Branca”, recorded in 1947. The accordionist [6] Gonzagão recorded dozens of albums during his brilliant career.


                             From father to son

While his professional life took off [7], his personal life was not a bed of roses [8]. Luiz Gonzaga had a bad relationship with his son, Gonzaguinha, but from 1979 they began to get on better. Like his father, Gonzaguinha was an excellent song writer. In 1979 and 1980 they traveled together around Brazil, playing shows. Luiz Gonzaga died in 1989. His son, Gonzaguinha, died in 1991, killed in a car accident. Gonzaga's life story was adapted for the cinema. The film “Gonzaga - de pai para filho,” directed by Breno Silveira, was released in late October. 

Matéria publicada na edição de dezembro da revista Maganews.

Áudio – Aasita Muralikrishna


1 anguish – angústia

2 hat – chapéu

3 longing for the homeland – saudade da terra natal

4 outback – aqui = sertão

5 to be unaware – desconhecer

6 accordionist - sanfoneiro

7 to take off – decolar / ir de vento em popa

8 bed of roses - exp. idiom. = mar de rosas