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Luiz Bandeira

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Singer, musician and composer

Luiz Bandeira

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Last update: 17/09/2013

By: Manuel Correia de Andrade - Researcher at the Fundação Joaquim Nabuco

Voltei, Recife (I’m back, Recife)
Foi a saudade (It was longing)
Que me trouxe pelo braço (That brought me by the arm)
Quero ver novamente "Vassoura" (I want to see “Vassoura” again)
Na rua abafando (Rocking in the streets)
Tomar umas e outras (Having a few)
E cair no passo (And go for dance )

Cadê "Toureiros"? (Where are the “Toureiros”?)
Cadê "Bola de Ouro"? (Where is “Bola de Ouro”?)
As "Pás", os "Lenhadores" (“Pás”, the “Lenhadores”)
O "Bloco Batutas de São José"? (The “Batutas de São José” Group?)
Quero sentir (I want to feel)
A embriaguez do frevo (The drunkenness of ‘frevo’)
Que entra na cabeça (That enters your head)
Depois toma o corpo (And then takes your body)
E acaba no pé (And ends at your feet)
(Voltei Recife, Luiz Bandeira)

Luiz Bandeira, singer, musician and Pernambuco composer, was born on 25 December 1923 in Recife. He spent part of his childhood in Maceió, Alagoas, where he participated in improvisation groups at local markets. His artistic career debuted in 1939, on a new-talent show on Rádio Clube de Pernambuco, which then hired him. He was a violinist, radio actor and orchestra singer.

In 1950 he moved to Rio de Janeiro where he debuted on Rio nights as an orchestra singer at Copacabana Palace; he also worked at Rádio Nacional. In this period, Luiz Bandeira composed Na cadência do samba (In a Samba Rhythm), also known as Que bonito é (What a Beauty It Is), which was for many years used as the theme for football games shown by a news cinema, the famous Canal 100.

Bandeira is considered to be one of the greatest ‘frevo’ composers, the writer of, among others, ‘frevos-canções’ Voltei Recife (I’m Back, Recife) and É de fazer chorar (It’s to Make You Cry), better known as Quarta-feira ingrata (Lousy Wednesday). Besides Carnival music, he also wrote hits for Luiz Gonzaga, Onde tu tá, Neném (Where Are You, Baby); for Clara Nunes, Viola de Penedo (Penedo’s Viola), and many other names in Brazilian popular music.

During his career he recorded a few albums and won awards for writing his ‘frevos’. At the end of the 1980s, he retired and return to living in Recife where he remained until his death on 22 February 1998, a Carnival Sunday.

Other compositions written by Luiz Bandeira:

Maria Joana, ‘baião’ (Continental, 1952).
Sincopado (Syncopated), ‘choro’ (Continental, 1953).
Bom Danado (Damn Good), ‘frevo canção’ with Ernani Seve (Continental, 1954).
Marcha da pipoca (Popcorn March) (Todamérica, 1954).
O que os olhos não vêem (What the Eyes Don’t See), samba (Continental, 1955).
É de fazer chorar (It’s to Make You Cry), ‘frevo canção’ (Copacabana, 1957).
Recado de Olinda (Message from Olinda), samba (Continental, 1958).
Na cadência do samba (In a Samba Rhythm) (Continental, 1958).
Apito do samba (Samba Whistle) (Continental, 1958).
Samba com Luciano (Samba with Luciano) (Continental, 1959).
Açucena (Continental, 1959).
Nossa timidez (Our Shyness), ‘bolero’ with Alberto Lopes (RCA Victor, 1960).

Recife, 11 June 2005.
(Updated on 14 September 2009).
Translated by Peter Leamy, February 2011.

sources consulted

CÂMARA, Renato Phaelante da. MPB: compositores pernambucanos: coletânea bio-músico-fonográfica 1920-1995. Recife: Fundaj, Ed. Massangana, 1997.

PERNAMBUCO de A/Z. Biografia. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 9 jun. 2008.

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Source: ANDRADE, Maria do Carmo. Luiz Bandeira. Pesquisa Escolar On-Line, Joaquim Nabuco Foundation, Recife. Available at: <>. Accessed: day month year. Exemple: 6 Aug. 2009.