Music from the Amazon

The most popular music from the state of Amazonas are the toadas, made hugely popular a few years ago by a song called "Tic-Tic-Tac." Every month of June, In the city of Parintins, tens of thousands take to the "bumbódromo" (Parintins' answer to the "sambódromo" of Rio de Janeiro) where they sing and dance to these songs or music of the boi (please read our Boi Bumbá page) by two rival groups that parade with huge floats and fabulous costumes: the red called Garantido and the blue, Caprichoso. It's become a great destination for tourists in the Amazon. Look for their CDs when you go to Manaus. All CDs donated to our site automatically become part of the Sheila Thomson Collection of Brazilian Culture at Florida International University in Miami.

If you can read Portuguese, the site called is a good place to read all about and listen to the different rhythms from the state of Pará, such as guitarrada, carimbó, lambada, tecnobrega, etc. You can also watch videos of bands and dance classes.

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Raízes Caboclas, Tambores de Cuia, Atração Fonográfica 21029. A great group from Manaus, extremely popular and loved.

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