MUCAMBO means hut, and by implication suggests endurance. From the dwelling in a quilombo (the settlements created by escaped slaves) and the clay huts in the Brazilian outback, to the frail structures on stilts in mangroves, it refers to structures that are unfinished, packed together, and shared, and which circle a metropolis. Why did we choose the mucambo to symbolize our project? We want to suggest, by means of these unassuming but lasting dwellings, a snapshot of the contemporary generation of composers in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. We hope in this way to contribute to the development of the musical community and culture of Pernambuco, in new and original ways, and to promote the work of women composers.
General Coordinator of Mucambo Project
Mucambo can be spelt with a “u” or an “o”, and both spellings can be found in dictionaries referring to a modest dwelling, still so characteristic of the coastal urban periphery of Greater Recife, as well as the small rural dwellings in the semi-arid part of Pernambuco state. Recife’s important Rozenblit record company (1954-1983) called its main label Mocambo; and this new Mucambo is a project of more modest proportions, seeking to contribute to the exposure and promotion of the most important composers representing contemporary music in Pernambuco. Each composition on this album is itself a mucambo that digs in its stilts, and works the taipa (“rammed earth” used for building), so as to take its place in the construction of the new sonic landscape of Pernambuco.
CARLOS EDUARDO AMARAL
Journalist and music critic