Thursday, 9 April 2009
2008 - PROOST MART'NÁLIA! (article)
by Margô Dalla
Mart’nália owns a wonderful soft velvet voice and on the top of that, she is extremely sweet!
She has departure from Vila Isabel - a popular neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro - straight to the world: the world of the Bimhuis, one of the most special music houses in Europe. There, Mart’nália performed an enchanting and impeccable concert, making the public stand up and dance all time long, with her beats and songs.
Definitely, the Summer of Amsterdam became more swinging and delightful after Mart’nália’s presentation in the Bimhuis. The singer and composer who plays guitar and percussions has also a deliciously cool dancing style, possibly adopted under the influence of samba-de-roda and capoeira.
Dressing a t-shirt, shorts and flat leather sandals, while wearing necklaces around her neck (one with the medal of Saint George, her saint of devotion), Mart’nália made her entrance with a classical samba from Vinicius de Moraes and Toquinho: “Sei lá, a vida tem sempre razão” , freely translated as “I am not sure but it seems life is always right”. On the stage, an intriguing installation mixing several percussion instruments that Mart’nália used to make the rhythm and lead the whole concert.
With a constant smile in her face, she introduced her musicians: percussionists Menino Brito, Macaco Branco, Thiago Mosquito e Junior Crispim - who turn her songs in cadent samba beats as the best battery of the Escolas de Samba of Rio de Janeiro - and Pedro Moraes, bass, Doca Machado, guitar, plus the charming backing vocal with the tambourine, her sister Analimar Ventapane Ferreira.
While singing Cabide, a fresh sexy song composed by another Brazilian new star, Ana Carolina, she was followed by an orchestra of tambourines as herself performed a special choreography specially meant to the flirting provoking lyrics of the song. At the end, an impressive apotheosis of the tambourines. Absolutely spectacular!
“Now, I’ll introduce you to Mart’nália”. After saying that, she sang “Para Mart’nália”, a beautiful song made specially for her by composers Jorge Agrião e Fred Camacho which translates what Martinho da Vila’s daughter essentially is: an extraordinary sambist.
Raised inside the music scene, as kids Mart’nália and her sister Analimar, used to join the rodas de samba hosted by her parents in Vila Isabel. One of the most musical spots in Rio de Janeiro, the area where her father - the great Martinho da Vila - has chose to live together with his family, is the place of birth of Noel Rosa and a meeting point of several genuine samba performers as Paulinho da Viola e Dona Ivone Lara, among others.
Martinho da Vila, with his sensual compassed singing influenced by the tradition of folia de reis, sambas de terreiros and partido alto, is one of her strongest influences. “I was a kid when my father once said that I should live in Amsterdam; I have no idea why, but he said that. I want to make a homage to my father who is becoming 70”, said Martnália to sing a few songs of her father with which she closed the first part of the show.
Following, words of Martinho da Vila about Mart’nália, transcribed from her website:
Mart’nália is my creation. She is a mixture of me, Martinho, with Anália, her mother, who has already passed away, to a better place, I believe.
Tinália, Tina, Martina, Carvu, she seems to be detached, but she is precious; she gives the impression to be disconnected but she is actually very much synchronized with everything, specially in which concerns to music and the greatest artists; she is a dreamer. The 'dreamer Mart’nália, as some people refers to her.
She is a musician, a singer and a composer amongst the finest that I have ever met. What a singer!... Her singing is sweet, black, swinging and her intonation is unique.
She has a body for any kind of rhythm and she likes to dance, she plays guitar and is a percussionist of almost all instruments of rhythm.
Popular composer, she is my partner and a member of the Department of Composers of the Escola de Samba of Vila Isabel.
God bless you, Mart’nália!
Martinho da Vila, the proud father. January, 2005
....After the pause, she kept the strong vibe going: as for the Dutch audience or for Brazilians, the music is universal and it doesn’t matter if one understands the lyrics or not: the feeling of elevation is the same.
From one song to the other and from one bier to another, Mart’nália said “Proost!” to the public and, together with them, she almost stopped breathing when the curtain of the stage was open to the Amsterdam’s landscape and everybody applauded in ecstasy, the beautiful panoramic view.
The repertoire was an assemblage of her work with several known songs of the greatest samba composers and ended with the public wanting more. It was a production of A Hora do Brasil Foundation that has already brought to Amsterdam other important names into their project The Brazilian Summer Sessions and in 13 September will bring Lazzo Matumbi, from Bahia. ...
In the camarin, Martnália spoke with this journalist:
“Even far from home, in a different stage, a jazz house as this, it feels like doing the right thing: the samba.. And there is this unecspected Summer Festival by A Hora do Brasil... I did not know that it would be so delicious. I loved singing and playing for the audience of the Bimhuis.”
I asked about the essence of samba:
“The essence of samba is the rhytm, actually is the cadency, and the same is also true to the Bossa Nova. Bossa Nova is more soft and intimist but, for me, it is samba too. The essence is what you make with the melody. What catches is the melody and the cadency.