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Ensemble Choro & Samba

Osman Martins
MABO - Lycée Maria-Boodschap - Rue de la Braie 22, 1000 Bruxelles

The ensemble’s name says it all. In this ensemble you will learn all about the rich repertoire of choro and samba, Brazilian folk music which has lost none of its vitality. Osman Martins (guitar, cavaquinho, pandeiro, vocals) is himself an exponent of these music styles and has all that is needed to pass on his knowledge of the repertoire and the joy of playing together.


”Choro is classical music that you play on bare feet and with blisters on your hands” (Aquiles Rique Rei, Brazilian singer)

The literal meaning of choro is “song of complaint”. However, owing to the fast rhythm and the cheerful melodies you don’t realise that the songs are really about pain. This urban folk music style (originally from Rio de Janeiro) is recognisable by its virtuoso improvisations and catchy contra-rhythms.

A choro ensemble consists of guitar and cavaquinho, often complemented by mandolin, clarinet, saxophone and violin. The rhythm section always includes a pandeiro.


The samba also originates in Rio de Janeiro and is the product of rhythms brought by slaves from Africa. Samba is very percussive music played on festive occasions such as carnival; the music is traditionally played on string instruments such as the guitar and the cavaquinho; the rhythm section includes tamborim and pandeiro. This simple basis is often enlarged by instruments including clarinet, trumpet and flute.

Osman Martins

Osman Martins was born in the state of Bahia in Brazil in 1961. As a child, he moved to Sao Paulo where he started the music. On the occasion of his 10th birthday, he received a “cavaquinho” (instrument of Portuguese origin, from the family of guitars) and was immediately possessed by the instrument. A little later, he studied with Maestro Robinson Miguel, a famous Brazilian guitarist. One day, he heard Irio de Paula, former guitarist of Elze Soares and he fell in love with the guitar. He decides to devote himself to this instrument, to explore new horizons harmonic and melodic, DISCOVER! That’s what gave an extra dimension to his cavaquinho game. After the cavaquinho, the guitar, the composition and the percussion, he explored his voice, and decided to follow a singing course. He is immediately struck by a new vocation, this time as a singer. Fortunately for us Osman Martins now lives in Brussels for years and he is one of the most interesting Brazilian musicians in our country, with bands like parceria, Samba Candeia …
In Belgium, Osman collects the big scenes (Molière, Marni, Couleur Café, Esperanzah, Monde is a Village …) and the renowned quality collaborations (Toots Thielemans, Pierre Gillet, Maxime Blésin, Steve Houben, Renato Martins, Matt Bianco , Bai Kamara Jr …)

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Come and discover this course during the free session on Wednesday 19th of September, from 8:30 pm to 10 pm.

Ensemble (8 cours/cycle)

Wednesday: 20h30 – 22h


MABO - Lycée Maria-Boodschap
Rue de la Braie 22, 1000 Bruxelles


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