Frevo (Carnival) - Brazilian Portuguese Word of the Week - plus55
Friday, February 10, 2017

FREVO

[fɾˈe.vu] A wide range of musical styles from Pernambuco, associated with the Carnival. The word comes from a variant of the Portuguese word “ferver” (to boil)

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Origins of Frevo

Frevo celebrated this week its 110th anniversary. By the end of the 19th century, bands from regiments of the Brazilian Army started a tradition of parading during Recife’s Carnival. Since the Carnival has Catholic origins, they used to play procession marches.

The style was developed at the beginning of the 20th century. It transforms movements from the Capoeira (a martial art and dancing technique) into the quasi-acrobatic dance moves.

With time, the clothing of the street dancers has evolved to a skimpy attire, more appropriate for the movements. Clothes are also very colorful – more visible to the crowds.

This unique music style figures on the list of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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