Geraldo Pereira

"He was an innovator of Brazilian Popular Music
in the 40's. He did not have conscience of that."
João Gilberto


Acabou a sopa
(Geraldo Pereira/Augusto Garcez)
Sung by Marçal.
Real Audio

On April 23, 1918, was born in Juiz de Fora, Minas Geraes, Brazil, Geraldo Pereira, one of the greatest Samba composers ever, the one who took the Samba into another dimension, with his different rhythmic and harmonic conceptions.

This date is commemorative of St. George, the Warrior, a very significant entity in the Candomble, the religion brought to Brazil by the Africans. It is a magic date, and a very special date for the Samba Culture. On this date, other important personalities of the Samba were born.
In 1854, Hilária Batista de Almeida, Tia Ciata, a legendary woman who brought the Samba Culture from Bahia to Rio de Janeiro.
In 1897, Brazilian genius musician, composer and arranger Alfredo Vianna, (Pixinguinha).
In 1917, Severino Araujo, clarinetist and Maestro still active with his Orchestra Tabajara, the only Brazilian Popular Orchestra, founded by him in 1945.
In 1923, this date marked the inauguration of the first Brazilian Radio Station. (Radio Sociedade do Brasil).

Geraldo Pereira, came to Rio de Janeiro as a kid, to help his brother, (Mané Araújo) in a little store he owned at Mangueira's hill. He grew up amid the braves and experts from Mangueira, learning Samba and Capoeira with famous ones, like Chico Porrão and Maçu.
Still young, he was already considered a "bamba" (expert), in the Samba and in fights. He learned to play guitar with Cartola (Angenor de Oliveira), and gave Mangueira, many victories on Carnivals. His Sambas, told stories of the "things", and day life of the community.
His fame, among the community, and the music circles was huge, and among the women, and the "Valentes" (people who likes to fight).

He died at thirty-seven years, after one of these fights. Brazil, and Samba, lost that day one of the dearest and talented artists of the History of Brazilian Culture.


Até hoje não voltou
J.Portela/Geraldo Pereira
Sung by Nelson Sargento
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Here is some of what some people and artists whom had the opportunity of knowing him say about him:

Bucy Moreira - (composer and percussionist from the "Old guard," who worked with him on occasion) - "He always dressed in white suits, very elegant. A pleasant guy. He was from one of Mangueira's most traditional families, the Araujos."

Aloisio Dias - (composer, and his guitar teacher) - The image of the man I knew, is different from what we read in the Magazines and Newspapers. He was not fat, nor had that round face that the photographs show. He had long fingers, guitar players' fingers, his hands were big and very strong. His legs long, and when we walked fast, following was difficult. Yet he was very calm.

Teresinha Santos - (his niece) - He was not a fighter. Yet he did not like to bring insolence back to his home. (As the Brazilian says). Yet one thing he had bad: Too many women, too many problems because of that. We lost the count.

Moreira da Silva - (singer) - He was a happy guy. He liked women, but was a fool in that area. He had good faith with them. When he wanted something, he would not rest without get it. With the ladies, (that is how he uses to call the women) he was too much of a polite person. He had a pleasant smile, and was humble. When I met him in 1940, he was not an alcoholic, but liked to drink. He was vain, and where the ladies were, that is where you find him.

João Gilberto - (singer and guitarist, responsible of the introduction of Geraldo Pereira to the 60's generation) - I was still singing with the group "Garotos da Lua" (The Boys from the Moon). I was not yet dreaming of singing by myself, and one day he invited me to go to a bar, in the Lapa district. While we were having some drinks, some men came in and strange me. "What are you looking at?", said Geraldo, "This guy is mine," and then the men ran away. His Samba was light, and full of rhythmic divisions, that always caught my attention. He has not conscience of that, but he was an innovator of Brazilian Popular Music in the 40's.


Falsa Bahiana
Sung by João Gilberto
Real Audio

You can read a full biography of him, along with many interesting facts about his life and times and interviews in the book "Um certo Geraldo Pereira" written by Alice de Campos, Dulcinea Gomes, Francisco Silva and Nelson Matos. Write to Funarte. Rua Araújo de Porto Alegre 80 LOJA. Rio de Janeiro RJ Brazil. 20030.

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