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Forro In The Dark


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New York City, NY (2002 – present)

Forro in the Dark is a Brazilian band formed in New York City, NY during 2002.

Currently, the band is Mauro Refosco on Zabumba and Vocals; Gilmar Gomes on Percussion and Vocals; Davi Vieira on Percussion and Vocals; Guilherme Monteiro on Guitar and Vocals; Jorge Continentino on Pifano, Baritone Sax and Vocals; and Smokey Hormel on Baritone Guitar, Slide Guitar and Vocals.
From the band’s website about what exactly “forro” entails:

One story goes that their namesake genre may even have taken its name from a mispronunciation of the English phrase ‘for all’. When the northeastern Brazilians who invented the music said it, it came out sounding like ‘Forro’.

In its most known form, popularized Luiz Gonzaga, Forro is played by a trio. The instruments are the zabumba (a bass-y drum played with a mallet), the triangle (like you played in elementary school), and the accordion (like an accordion). Of course, no tradition is an island. Forro has sprouted many branches. ‘In Forro any instrumentation is possible. There are ensembles that go from just an accordion trio, to ensembles with drum machines and electric guitars, to ensembles that are just people stomping their feet, clapping their hands and singing in unison. In the end it’s all serving the purpose of helping people with their feelings,’ Mauro Refosco, the leader of Forro in the Dark explains.”

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  • paradoxo_


    22 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Watwatwatwatwat

    They were great at bonnaroo. Amazing performance.

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • gleison_rodolfo

    Eles podiam fazer uma turne pequena pelo Brasil.

    18 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Kuggles

    Saw these guys at Bonnaroo, was completely blown away! Great music, great to see live!

    14 Jun 2011 Reply
  • gleison_rodolfo

    Alguem tem remixes?

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • gleison_rodolfo

    Novas fotos!!! up

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • gleison_rodolfo

    Nossa, eu ja ia colocar esse link aqui!!!

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • estevaopsycho

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • hassasin42

    perro loco :)

    12 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Colacino

    Forró moderno. Letras alegres, sonoridade muito bem cuidada, misturas com guitarra muito boas.

    12 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Tzschyckynju

    For me, Brazilian, this band is the most beautiful Forró band I ever seen. Who live in Brazil knows that forró music today is kind of disgusting music with awful lyrics, some "singers" killed the Forró's soul, Forro in The Dark recued the essence of this great music that raised from rural zones of Brazil. Because this band I'm proud of Forró. Who's not Brazilian, just feel this sweet tone of Forró's Roots, from my beloved country with love to the world, Forro in the Dark.

    12 Jun 2010 Reply
  • L3v-

    pretty cool [2] & awesome music...:thumbup:

    21 May 2010 Reply
  • Fareday

    pretty cool

    25 Apr 2010 Reply
  • DJRecOverflow

    quero fazer download moro na colombia e nao tem como comprar itunes nem encontrar o cd!

    13 Mar 2010 Reply
  • SkaVidal

    Pelo pouco que eu vi e ouvi, este grupo tem um belo som. Merece conhecimento aqui dentro também, não só lá fora. Algumas coisas que fazem sucesso aqui no Brasil são tão fracas e ocas, NX Zero é um forte exemplo do que estou falando. Só lamento por no Brasil ser tudo de cabeça para baixo - assim como dizia Tom Jobim.

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
  • skeptic_

    Checking these guys out at Nublu tonight... Excited!

    25 Nov 2009 Reply
  • uclay

    yeah! forrowest! i like it!)) surf's up!

    28 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Mulatto

    RIACHO DO NAVIO! i got to kiss them all! <3

    8 Sep 2008 Reply
  • FalcaoBr

    Please no more David Byrne singing on the next album. Let him produce the album or whatever, but not sing! The female guests were great.

    13 Apr 2008 Reply
  • dturgentbyrne

    I just bought the album, and I agree-- Miho's song is the best on it. I love her voice.

    24 Mar 2008 Reply
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