Rhythm and Roots

Mulher Rendeira – ‘Music for Movies’

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… Read More

Mulher Rendeira – ‘A Germanic Hit’

Over the past year or so I have been collecting the recorded versions of ‘Mulher Rendeira’ into a table with its accompanying data, i.e. Date Recorded, Country Recorded, Label etc. Of course this data may be incomplete as… Read More

Mulher Rendeira – ‘Mujer Hilandera’

The story goes that Alberto Maravi, the former head of the Peruvian label INFOPESA, first heard ‘Mulher Rendeira’ when he was working as a DJ in Brazil. Upon his return to Peru he believed the song would make… Read More

Mulher Rendeira – ‘From American Folk to Psychadelic Pop’

After the arrival of ‘The Bandit of Brazil’ to American shores through Lima Barreto’s 1953 film, the song took some rather unexpected twists and turns. These two versions offer very different takes on the song from some surprising… Read More

Mulher Rendeira – “The Bandit of Brazil”

The third chosen version of “Mulher Rendeira” is the English translation. After the success of the song in O Cangaceiro in 1953, the song soon became a hit worldwide with versions popping up all over the place. Though… Read More

Mulher Rendeira – “O Cangaceiro”

Carrying on the history of the song “Mulher Rendeira” (see Part I) we come my second selected version of the song, perhaps the most well known and most influential version which played a key part in introducing the… Read More

Mulher Rendeira – “A versão autentica”

As part of my dissertation I am looking into the history of the traditional Brazilian song “Mulher Rendeira” and I thought I would share my findings with the world. I first heard it on the soundtrack to Lima… Read More