Luiz Gonzaga: The King of Baião

Sweet accordion riffs, the steady twang of the triangle, and the off-beat pounding of the zabumba drum make forro a favorite for all Brazilians. The infectious tunes and syncopated beats have been described as “a mixture of ska with polka in overdrive.” This edition of Afropop Worldwide’s Hip Deep will profile forro creator Luiz Gonzaga–from the wanderlust that led him from his rural birthplace in northeastern Brazil to a pumping career in the capital, Rio de Janeiro, in the 1940s. Conversations with Brazilian artists, recorded on location in the forro capital of Recife, following in Gonzaga’s footsteps. Co-produced by Harvard’s Megwen Loveless.