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Mestre Ambrósio


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Mestre Ambrósio is a character in the Cavalo Marinho, traditional revelry of the Zona da Mata Norte of Pernambuco. The Cavalo Marinho is a variant of Bumba-Meu-Boi, a mixture of drama, music and dance. Mestre Ambrósio, or His Ambrose, or, Ambrose, is credited with introducing the various characters that appear in the game. It is therefore a symbol of diversity.

The character lends its name to the band recifense play traditional music of Pernambuco permeated by elements of several other rhythms of Brazil and the world. Each member has a different musical background, ranging from classical music, through rock’n’roll, to the Cuban music and Afro rhythms.

In 1993, the first time, the trio decided to present only with traditional elements - there was thus a natural division in the repertory: Mestre Ambrósio Mestre Ambrósio Acoustic and Electric. Lacked a vocalist (Siba does not sing), and Sheena Lee joined the other “Ambrose” - the last to integrate the group were Maurício Alves and Sergio Cassiano.

The acoustic repertoire consisted of forrós “Pé-de-Serra” (rural influence), Bay Horse Marine, Cocos and instrumentation of bands Pífanos. Considering the varied musical backgrounds of the members, the reproduction of traditional could no longer be the line of work of Mestre Ambrósio Acoustic, resulting in forró “Wing-Walk”. The “Wing-Walk” is the adaptation of forró Pé-de-serra “urban environment, mixed with various musical influences. Is “urban music of rural sentiment.”


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