Nós, Os Tincoãs

-Salvar nos favoritos-

A break in paradigms and a delicate sound journey

I remember the first time I saw Mateus Aleluia. That night, the Black House Cultural Space was crowded. It was the recording of the DVD of the Sambagolá Popular Orchestra, which keeps alive the memory of Batatinha, one of the great masters of the Bahia samba. Mateus would play a part. Last preparations of sound and light, much talk. Behold, from above, all dressed in white, he begins to come down the stairs. Some people knew who he was, others did not. Some opened as a procession, others did not move. I stood there waiting. Until then, when they wanted to explain to me who he was, they said, “Mr. Aleluia is a living entity.”

He reached the patio, walked slowly through the instruments already positioned for the presentation, went towards the main door, and on the first step to climb, he stopped, looked back and returned. He went to one of the microphones, tapped twice, and with his eyes closed he began a beautiful, sonorous vocalize – I venture to say that in Yoruba. In a crescendo and uninterrupted sound, with a voice that reverberated in those historic walls and that softly reached the ears, little by little, one by one, the house was in its most complete silence. You could hear only breathing. He stayed there for a few more minutes and, with his eyes open, said, “I think the microphone is good. We can start!”. People collapsed on claps and laughter.

Mateus Aleluia, during the press conference at the releasing of the memory book “Nós, os Tincoãs”. Photo: Evandro Veiga. Photo Reporter – Correio Newspaper

Cut for two years later, during the press conference for the release of the memory book “Nós, Os Tincoãs”, a multilingual project with a commemorative show and the re-launch of the group’s three main albums: Os Tincoãs (1973), O Africanto dos Tincoãs (1975) and Os Tincoãs (1977), released in the golden phase of the group. The show would happen at the Castro Alves Theater (TCA), on the night of December 6, 2017.

And what a night! The remaining Mateus Aleluia and Badu sang at the TCA alongside Ana Mametto, Bira Marques, Ganhadeiras de Itapuã, Margareth Menezes, Saulo and Terreiro Icimimo. It was amazing to hear the Afro-Baroque sound of Cachoeira, in the Recôncavo Baiano – in activity since 1960 and with different formations – to take that stage with great memories. A brief summary of this important legacy for understanding the influence of African sounds in Brazilian musicality.

Then, calmly, reading the book, at each text and looking at the pictures, I found out that I knew nothing about Tincoãs’ work. Listening to the songs is already amazing, but when it’s contextualized, it becomes an extraordinary experience. Knowing the “tincoanic” influences in the work of Bixiga 70, Emicida, Criolo, Carlinhos Brown, Martinho da Vila, Letieres Leite and many others is revealing. With the edition of only 3,000 units, the publication has everything to become a collector’s item.

Credit: Os Tincoãs on a record’s cover reproduction (source: report by Mauro Ferreira for G1)

The compilation of texts is an immersion in a sophisticated, rooted and yet current work. A musicality that reverberated back in Tropicalismo, until arriving at Márcio Victor, lead singer of the band Psirico – that, out of curiosity, according to the book, was the one who presented The Tincoãs to the São Paulo rapper Emicida. The “living entity” is more than a musician and composer. It represents, along with the group, a historical cultural milestone. Their compositions are interpreted by orchestras and centenary music bands, until arriving at the carnival of our days.

“The reafricanization of Bahia began with Os Tincoãs …”
Carlinhos Brown. Excerpt taken from the book: “We, the Tincoãs”.

Even so, if you don’t know what this great work is about, calm down! The search for these references is recent, boosted when the Bixiga 70 recorded “Deixe a gira girar”. Here is the wish that the delicate arrangements, the voices in perfect harmony, the percussive guitar and the harmonic atabaque of Tincoãs invade your ears. You’ll probably feel like they’ve always been around.

Fernanda Slama
Content Coordinator



-Experiências em Salvador-

-Experiências em Salvador-

-Agenda-

15
Nov
16
Nov
17
Nov
18
Nov
19
Nov
20
Nov
21
Nov
22
Nov
23
Nov
24
Nov
25
Nov
26
Nov
27
Nov
28
Nov
29
Nov
30
Nov
01
Dez
02
Dez
04
Dez
05
Dez
06
Dez
07
Dez
08
Dez
09
Dez
11
Dez
12
Dez
13
Dez
14
Dez
15
Dez
16
Dez
18
Dez
19
Dez
20
Dez
21
Dez
22
Dez
23
Dez
25
Dez
26
Dez
27
Dez
28
Dez
29
Dez
30
Dez
31
Dez
01
Jan
04
Jan
05
Jan
06
Jan
10
Jan
11
Jan
12
Jan
13
Jan
17
Jan
18
Jan
20
Jan
25
Jan
26
Jan
27
Jan
31
Jan
01
Fev
02
Fev
03
Fev
08
Fev
09
Fev
10
Fev
15
Fev
17
Fev
21
Fev
22
Fev
23
Fev
24
Fev
26
Fev
27
Fev
01
Mar
02
Mar
03
Mar
04
Mar
05
Mar
10
Nov
18
Nov
-Ver mais em- -Agenda-