Day 11: 100 Years of Samba and The Malandro

Photo: BIEEETO

Photo: BIEETO

I’d like to thank you for celebrating the 12 Days of Samba with us. We’re just getting started with Samba’s 100th year!

Back in 1916, no one – not even Donga himself – could have foreseen Samba’s vibrant future. His ‘Pelo Telefone’ became Samba’s first hit song during Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval in 1917 and Samba hasn’t slowed since.

Sambas’ style might change, but the Malandro still holds court on the exact same dimly-lit corner he did back in Noel Rosa’s Roaring 20’s. Ten years later, it was Ary Barroso’s Sambas that paced our Malandro’s reverie. Then came the 50’s with Carmen Miranda and the quiet tears of the Samba-Canção: “Why did she have to leave?”

The Malandro stayed with his white linen suit when the rest of Copacabana traded up to tie-dye and paisley shirts when Samba-Funk ruled the radio waves. By the time Samba-Reggae made scene, a new Boteco had opened on the Malandro’s corner. That’s fine; the drinks are cheap and there’s always a chance encounter waiting in the wings.

The Malandro endues, having earned his place in the everyday of Brazilian life. His story begins at the end of Samba’s unfinished sentences. An afterthought not yet forgotten.

That’s why I’ve dedicated myself to The Malandro Project. I want to tell the Malandro’s untold stories, and I want to share them with you.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the 12 Days of Samba. I’d love for you to like our Facebook page and to join our list for the latest news on my upcoming album, The Malandro Project.

Happy holidays!
- Miguel de Leon

P.S. You're invited to return tomorrow for a special gift I've created for you on the 12th Day of Samba!



The 12 Days of Samba:

Day 01: An Introduction to The 12 Days of Samba and The Malandro Project
Day 02: Was Joao Gilberto a Malandro?
Day 03: Previewing Miguel de Leon's Annual Christmas Concert In Chicago
Day 04: Winter reading: 'Samba' by Alma Guillermoprieto
Day 05: Famous Malandros In Pop Culture
Day 06: A Cachaça Holiday Cocktail
Day 07: Seven Samba Stocking Stuffers
Day 08: Personal Notes: Samba Snapshots From The Malandro Project
Day 09: How To Dance Samba - Women's Version
Day 10: How To Dance Samba - Men's Version
Day 11: 100 Years of Samba and The Malandro Project
Day 12: The Malandro and 'The Lights of Christmas'


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The Malandro Project was recorded in Rio de Janeiro with saxophonist Leo Gandelman and MPB’s Leila Pinheiro to celebrate 100 Years of Samba and its iconic character, the charming, roguish bad-boy Malandro. A combination of cultural myth and historic fact, the Malandro’s roots can be traced throughout the history of Samba. The Malandro Project album will be released in early 2017.

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