The story of a song never stops. For years I have been tracing the journey of the Brazilian folk classic Mulher Rendeira across the world – from the Peruvian jungle to the American West. Over 80 years since it was first penned out in the Brazilian sertão (plains), the song continues to evolve. This Brazilian classic’s latest incarnation comes courtesy of DJ Dolores, one of the early contributors to the North East’s manguebeat movement, who has since made a name for his fusion of north eastern traditions and modern electronica.
Soundtracks – Music for Movies released by Assustado Discos (available for download here) is a collection of songs inspired by film and inspired by stories. From Dolores’ original compositions for movie soundtracks to his interpretations of Brazilian big screen music classics like Mulher Rendeira, each song has a story to tell:
“A personal remembrance, a musical finding, the funny lyrics of a tune or even because there is a good story to be told about a song. At last, these songs are untied pieces of my memory related to my work with movies.”
As I discovered, there is a very good story to be told about Mulher Rendeira. Written by the Brazilian bandit Lampião (1922), brought to the international stage by Lima Baretto’s Brazilian cowboy bandit/romance film O Cangaceiro (1951) and then covered by international artists as diverse as Jean Sablon (1954), Cliff Richard and The Shadows (1962), Joan Baez (1964), Juaneco y su Combo (1970) and now, DJ Dolores (2014).
The next chapter of the story has been written but it doesn’t end here.