Mastruz Com Leite
Mastruz Com Leite
Love, marriage, the festas (celebrations/parties), and the vaquejadas (cattle roundups that usually take place at the end of winter). They have had a number of hits with songs like: "O Rei do Baralho" (the deck of cards river), "Eu Preciso de Você" (I need you), "Meu Vaqueiro, Meu Peão" (my cowboy, my cow hand), and "Tatuagem" (tattoos). The group was formed in 1990 by Emanuel Gurgel, leader of the band Aquarius who saw the lack of a band in the area that played only forró music. The name comes from the name of Gurgel's handball team in college, the team itself no longer exists. Mastruz is a medicinal herb often taken in Brazil and surrounding countries with milk(leite).
Band members initially included: accordionist Zé Wilson drummers Jean and Marcelo , bass player Bel and singers Japinha and Tony Silveira , this last also playing guitar. As time went on the need arose for a feminine voice in the band. Current lineup includes Katia Cilene Bete Nascimento Raynner Neto Initially, Mastruz com Leite only played during the breaks of Aquarius's shows. They played their first solo gig at the Mangueira Clube, in Fortaleza, capitol of the state of Ceará where they were based. Later they decided to leave the capitol for more rurral areas, mainly playing in Quixadá, Iguatú Campos Sales.
The band began to feel they were on the right track and decided to spread their music throughout the northeast, making their first appearance in Araripinha in the state of Pernambuco. It was never easy, even in the northeast their particular rhythms took a while to catch on. São Paulo in the southeast was a particularly tough nut to crack. The first time they were invited to play there the concert venue that contracted them had, at the time of the concert, not a single paying attendee.
The audience consisted of the waiters, the owners, and the musicians. Today Mastruz com Leite attracts more than ten thousand people to their concerts in São Paulo, capitol of São Paulo state. In 2002 after twelve years of existance they toured outside Brazil for the first time, this being a U.S. tour that covered cities such as Stanford, New York city, and Revere.
Later in 2003 they toured Europe, playing in Switzerland and Portugal, and twice in Italy, taking the culture of northeast Brazil worldwide. After seventeen years they're still going strong, playing their lively brand of forró. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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