Brazil: Forró - Music for Maids and Taxi Drivers

Brazil: Forró - Music for Maids and Taxi Drivers is a various artists genre compilation album that was dedicated to Forró, a music style from Brazil.[1] Released in 1989, the album was nominated for the Best Traditional Folk Album in the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards two years later. [2][3]

Brazil: Forró - Music for Maids and Taxi Drivers
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Compilation album by
Various Artists
Released1989 (1989)
LabelRounder Records
  • Zé da Flauta (original tracks)
  • Gerald Seligman (compilation)
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The original tracks were produced by Zé da Flauta, who came to prominence in the group Quinteto Violado, founded in Recife in 1970 and most active throughout that decade. Zé sold the forró master tapes and all rights to Rio de Janeiro-based Carlão de Andrade of Visom Records, who pressed them intending for the sales to help fund the start-up of his label of instrumental music. There they languished until American producer Gerald Seligman spied them in a Visom closet in 1987. He took them back to NY, recognized their value as a rare example of roots forró music and approached both GlobeStyle Records in the UK and Rounder in the US to gauge interest in a compilation. Both signed on. Seligman also commissioned acclaimed woodblock artist Marcelo Soares to create the cover in the style of Literatura de Cordel, which are popular rhyming broadsides distributed throughout the Brazilian Northeast. [4]

Track listingEdit

# Artist Track title Length
1 Toinho de Alagoas Balanço da Canoa (Rock The Boat) 2:13
2 Duda da Passira De Pernambuco ao Maranhão (From Pernambuco To Maranhão) 2:13
3 José Orlando Eu Também Quero Beijar (I Want To Kiss, Too) 2:55
4 Toinho de Alagoas Bicho da Cara Preta (Black-Faced Ghoul - A Folkloric Figure) 1:53
5 Heleno dos Oito Baixos Começo De Verâo (Start Of Summer) 2:53
6 Toinho de Alagoas Peça Licença Pra Falar de Alagoas (Ask If You Can Speak Of Alagoas) 1:49
7 Duda da Passira Recordação Da Passira (Remembering Passira) 2:36
8 José Orlando Agricultor Pra Frente (Modern Agriculture) 1:57
9 Heleno dos Oito Baixos Entra e Sai (In And Out) 2:09
10 José Orlando Linda Menina (Pretty Girl) 3:00
11 Duda da Passira Casa de Tauba (Wooden House) 1:44
12 José Orlando Morena da Palmeira (The Brunette Of Palmeira) 2:39
13 Toinho de Alagoas Caráter Duro (Hard Character) 1:31
14 José Orlando Minha Zezé (My Zezé) 2:07
15 Toinho de Alagoas Sonho de Amor (Dream Of Love) 1:44
16 Toinho de Alagoas Namoro no Escuro (Dating In The Dark) 1:52
17 Duda da Passira Forró de Minha Terra (Forró Of My Land) 1:45

Awards & NominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result Ref.
1991 33rd Annual Grammy Awards Best Traditional Folk Album Nominated [2]


  1. ^ a b Wynn, Ron. "Various Artists - Brazil Forró: Music for Maids and Taxi Drivers : AllMusic". Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b Bossa Mundo: Brazilian Music in Transnational Media Industries
  3. ^ Goldschmitt, K. E. (2019-09-02). Bossa Mundo: Brazilian Music in Transnational Media Industries. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-092355-6.
  4. ^ Source: Compilation producer Gerald Seligman