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Sebastião Tapajos & Pedro Dos Santos

Collaboration between Brazilian guitarist and percussionist

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
Sebastião Tapajos & Pedro Dos Santos

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to a early-1970s collaboration between two Brazilian musicians, guitarist Sebastião Tapajos and percussionist Pedro Dos Santos, which yielded two albums worth of gems. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article by Mark Sampson on Sounds and Colours.

"Ganga" by Sebastião Tapajos & Pedro Dos Santos
1972 | Collaboration between Brazilian guitarist and percussionist

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The term ‘lost classic’ gets bandied about a little too frequently these days, as more and more reissues emerge from a dim and distant past. ‘Lost’ this lovely little album certainly was. Originally, it was recorded in Buenos Aires and first released only in Argentina back in 1972. Given that its hallmark is the delicacy of the interplay between acoustic guitarist, Sebastião Tapajos, and the inventive percussionist, Pedro ‘Sorongo’ Dos Santos, it’s incongruous that “Tornei a Caminhar”, one of only two tracks here that could have conceivably tempted people onto a dance floor, should have renewed interest in the album during the heyday of the London Latin/jazz dance scene.

As for ‘classic’? Well… it’s certainly a rather remarkable affair in its own quiet, unassuming way. Tapajos plays beautifully throughout, recalling the likes of Toquinho and Baden Powell. But the real star of the show is Dos Santos, whose percussion is both discreet and highly imaginative. On “Ganga”, for example, the up-tempo opener, he uses heavy breathing and the simulated sound of castanets to push the guitarist along.

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