Sertanejo

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Música sertaneja or Sertanejo is a music style that had its origins in the countryside of Brazil in the 1920s. It is the most popular music style in Brazil, being particularly more popular throughout the interior of Brazil. Sub-genres include sertanejo de raiz, sertanejo romântico and sertanejo universitário.

Sertanejo songs have been, from the 1990s on, the most played music genre on Brazilian radio, constantly topping the Brazilian music charts. Additionally, from 2000 to 2003 and since 2009, música sertaneja albums have been granted a specific category at the Latin Grammy Awards.

Most of sertanejo music artists consist of duos, many times made of brother siblings, typically with one of them being the backing vocalist to the other one. Men have traditionally dominated the scene, although recently some women (notably, Paula Fernandes and Maria Cecília) have also achieved mainstream success.

The subgenre, called "sertanejo universitário" (university sertanejo), has developed from the mid-2000s on, consisting of a more stripped-down, acoustic-oriented use of the guitars, and has come to grow very popular among the Brazilian youth.

History

"Sertanejo" refers to sertão, the remote location away from cities, although this is more related to the Brazilian Northeast. It differs from the caipira culture, specifically originating in the area that comprises the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Goias, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and Paraná. "Música caipira" or "música sertaneja" refers to the music that is composed and performed in rural areas, like the old 'moda de viola'. The instruments used by solo musicians or duos are typical of colonial Brazil, such as the viola caipira (guitar).

First era

It was at the end of the 1920s that Brazilian country music as we know it today came into being. It was born from recordings made by journalist and writer Cornélio Pires of "tales" and fragments of traditional songs in the interior of rural São Paulo, north and west of Paraná, south Minas Gerais and Triângulo Mineiro, Goiás and Mato Grosso southeast. At the time of these pioneering recordings, the genre was known as música caipira, whose lyrics evoke the lifestyle of the country man (often in opposition to man's life in the city) and the bucolic beauty of the landscape and romantic countryside (currently this type of composition is classified as "sertanejo de raiz" (roots sertanejo), with emphasized words in daily life and manner of singing). Beyond Cornelio Pires and his "Caipira Gang" stood out in this trend, recording at a later time, duo Alvarenga and Ranchinho, and Florencio Torres, Tonico and Tinoco, Vieira and Vieirinha, among others, and popular songs like "Sergio Forero", by Cornelio Pires, "Bonde Camarão" by Cornelio Pires and Mariano, "Sertão do Laranjinha" by Pires and Ariovaldo and "Cabocla Teresa", by João Pires and Ariovaldo Pacifico.

Second era

A new phase in the history of sertanejo music began after the Second World War, with the addition of new styles (of duets with various intervals and the mariachi-style), genres (initially guarânia and Paraguayan polka, and later, the Mexican corrido and ranchera) and instruments (such as the accordion and harp). The theme gradually shifted to love and romance, however, a certain autobiographical character was kept.

Some highlights of this era were the duos Cascatinha e Inhana, Irmãs Galvão, Irmãs Castro, Sulino e Marrueiro, Palmeira and Biá, the trio Luizinho, Limeira e Zezinha (launchers of music campeira) and singer José Fortuna (adapter guarânia ~ Brazil) . Throughout the 1970s, the duo Milionário & Jose Rico systematized the use of elements of traditional Mexican mariachi with violin and trumpet flourishes to fill spaces between sentences and strokes of the glottis which produces a sobbing voice. Other names, such as duo Pena Branca & Xavantinho, followed the ancient tradition of rustic, while the singer Tião Carreiro innovated by fusing the genre with samba, coco and calango de roda.

Third era

The introduction of the electric guitar and called "young rhythm," double by Leo Canhoto e Robertinho in the late 1960s, marking the start of modern country music. One member of the Jovem Guarda musical movement, singer Sergio Reis went on to record in the 1970 repertoire traditional swing, so as to contribute to wider penetration of gender. Renato Teixeira was another artist to highlight that point. At that time, the local performance of country music was originally the circus, rodeo, and especially some AM radio. Early as the 1980s, this penetration extended to FM radio and also on television - either in weekly programs on Sunday morning or soundtracks novel or special programs.

During the 1980s, there was a mass commercial exploitation of sertanejo, coupled in some cases, to a rereading of international hits and even the Jovem Guarda's. In this new romantic trend of country music countless artists emerged, almost always in pairs, among which, Trio Parada Dura, Chitãozinho & Xororó, Leandro e Leonardo, Zeze Di Camargo e Luciano, Chrystian & Ralf, João Paulo & Daniel, Chico Rey & Parana, João Mineiro and Marciano, Gian and Giovani, Rick & Renner, and Gilmar Gilberto, and the female singers Roberta Miranda and Nalva Aguiar. Some of the successes of this phase are "Fio de Cabelo", by Marciano and Darci Rossi, "Apartmento 37 ", Leo Canhoto, "Pense em Mim, " Douglas in May, "Entre Tapas e Beijos", Nilton Lamas and Antonio Bueno and "Evidências", by Jose Augusto and Paulo Sergio Valle.

Against this trend of more commercial country music, names like the duo Pena Branca e Xavantinho reappeared, adapting to the language of MPB success of guitars, and new artists emerged like Almir Sater, a sophisticated guitar player, who moved among the styles of guitar and the blues. In the following decade, a new generation of artists emerged in the sertanejo willing to reunite the caipira traditions, as Roberto Correa, Ivan Vilela, Pereira da Viola and Chico Lobo e Miltinho Edilberto. Given that the recording industry in the 2000s launched a similar movement called sertanejo universitário, with names like Marcos & Leo, Joao Bosco & Vinicius, César Menotti & Fabiano, Jorge & Mateus, Victor & Leo Fernando & Sorocaba, Marcos & Belutti, João Neto & Frederico. As this movement wins more supporters, the market formerly focused on that the advent of sertanejo artists and duos in Goias state, has today elected new idols in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul such as Luan Santana and Maria Cecilia & Rodolfo. However, Goiás has not failed to reveal big names on the national scene, it appeared the aforementioned Jorge & Mateus and João Neto e Frederico. Not to mention the artists linked to the more massive sertanejo of the previous decade, as Guilherme & Santiago, Bruno & Marrone and Edson & Hudson.

Fourth era

Starts recycling sertanejo universitário, the artists get the music division, a good part returns to the influences of moda de viola or "moda" as the artists are choosing to call the new segment is emerging, and CDS with the caption "just fashion". Yet another part follows the trends of the past romantic sertão that is the case of artists like Eduardo Costa e Léo Magalhães. In the fourth era, the lyrics no longer talk about life, now they are about woman, drink, betrayal and sex, and there is influence from funk and samba/pagode.

Sertanejo universitário

A popular variation of the original sertanejo. Instead of the traditional accordions and guitars, synthesizers and electric guitars begun to be used most often. This subgenre is sung, and is more popular with, people attending college, this being the reason behind the name of this variation. This is the style of musics played in university parties, like "Ai se eu te pego!" by Michel Teló, who found international success with the genre. This variation of sertanejo has more elements of pop as compared with others. Luan Santana and Paula Fernandes are also some of the most known singers of the genre.

(from the article Música sertaneja of Wikipedia)

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List of sertanejo artists

Solos
Nalva Aguiar
Tião Carreiro
Irmãs Castro
Eduardo Costa
Alex Ferrari
Gilmar Gilberto
Gusttavo Lima
Roberta Miranda
Sérgio Reis
Leo Rodriguez
Luan Santana
Paula Fernandes
Michel Teló
Florencio Torres
Bruna Viola
Duos
Alvarenga and Ranchinho
Bruno e Marrone
Cascatinha e Inhana
Cacique & Pajé
Chico Rey & Parana
Chitãozinho & Xororó
Chrystian & Ralf
Clayton e Romario
Dino e Dener
Duo Glacial
Fernando & Sorocaba
Gian and Giovani
Irmãs Galvão
Jacó e Jacozinho
João Bosco & Vinícius
João Lucas e Marcelo
Jose Divino Neves e Luiz Felizardo
João Mineiro and Marciano
João Mulato e Douradinho
João Paulo & Daniel
Jorge & Mateus
Leandro e Leonardo
Liu & Léu
Léo Canhoto e Robertinho
Lourenço e Lourival
Maria Cecília & Rodolfo
Matogrosso & Mathias
Milionário & Jose Rico
Moreno e Moreninho
Oswaldinho e Marisa Viana
Palmeira and Biá
Pardinho & Pardal
Pedro Bento & Zé da Estrada
Pena Branca e Xavantinho
Raul Torres e Florêncio
Rick & Renner
Sulino e Marrueiro
Tião Carreiro & Pardinho
Tonico & Tinoco
Vieira and Vieirinha
Victor & Leo
Zezé Di Camargo & Luciano
Zé Mulato & Cassiano
Zico & Zéca
Zilo e Zalo
Trios
Luizinho, Limeira e Zezinha
Trio Parada Dura

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