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Mas Que Nada

Lyrics, translation & history

The Story of “Mas que Nada”

Oariá raiô Obá Obá Obá
Oariá raiô Obá Obá Obá

[An invocation of the orixá Obá?]

Mas que Nada
Sai da minha frente
Eu quero passar
Pois o samba está animado
O que eu quero é sambar.

It’s nothing
Get out of my way
I want to pass
Because the samba is exciting
What I want is samba.

Este samba
Que é misto de maracatu
É samba de preto velho
Samba de preto tu.

This samba
Is mixed maracatu
It’s old black samba
Samba in black for you.

Mas que Nada
Um samba como esse tão legal
Você não vai querer
Que eu chegue no final.

It’s nothing
A samba like this, so cool
You will not want
To reach the end.

Oariá raiô Obá Obá Obá
Oariá raiô Obá Obá Obá

 

Algunas Bestias

Terry found a recording of the original performance of Canto General, with Theodorakis conducting. From this I’ve extracted the 3 movements of Algunas Bestias (formerly known as Eric). The first movement we’ve performed, the second ‘slow movement’ we’re learning, and the third we haven’t got to yet. Here are the three, as audio tracks …

Algunas Bestias 1st mvt – Iguana
Algunas Bestias 2nd mvt – slow – Caimanes
Algunas Bestias 3rd mvt

Canto General Slow Movement

SATB & T Practice Tracks

Here are two audio tracks that may help get a handle on the Tunes of Eric (sometimes known as the Canto General)

  • the first is for SATB minus the solo, ie. the choir only
  • the second is the Tenor track, minus SAB and solo
  • on both tracks you’ll notice the lead-in clicks where the soloist fits
  • we may be able to get the other parts rendered this way if there is interest, please let me know
  • there is a discrepancy in the lengths of the two tracks (Tenor is a few seconds longer), changes have been made to the arrangement that aren’t yet reflected in the tracks, I’ll sort this before long

Full choir: SATB minus solo

Tenor: minus SAB & solo