The idea came up like this: as a child, I always listened to my mother humming music and, among the music, one invented by her to make arrowroot porridge, by the way, one of my first forays into the kitchen. Dona Zelinda Lima, from Maranhão and a full-time researcher, launches the book Pecados da Gula - eating and drinking by the people of Maranhão. Here with my buttons, I said: "Here is the partner". I talked to my writing friend, and when I had already forgotten the invitation, she presented me with three letters. I looked for melodies and hits in the poems, but my efforts were unsuccessful: I didn't find the popular vein in the songs. The shoe box was still there, waiting ...
My music feeds the Apollonian spirit.
Invited to compose the soundtrack of the theatrical show Viva El Rei Dom Sebastião, by the theatrologist Tácito Borralho, at the first meeting, I met Zé Ignácio. At the time, we were part of the team of the Culture Department of the State of Maranhão. Me, as coordinator of Cultural Action and Dissemination and he as Chief of Staff. In celebrations for the birthdays of the month, I was already delighted with the tasty delicacies prepared by the competent Maranhão actor. In just over two hours, I learned that he liked to cook, invent dishes, played the guitar, the keyboard and, on a regular basis, risked musical compositions. Of course, I talked about my projects and learned that my friend, a composer stuntman, had a similar intention. The show takes place and, a few moons later, in the late afternoon, my new and great partner enters my work room and throws a sheet of paper on my table, saying: "Here ... is this what you want?" It was a letter with the title Mocotó. For those who had never prepared this delicacy it was to read the poem, go to the kitchen and go out into the embrace.
No. In fact, one thing was missing: music. I said, "It is and it isn't!" In that sublime moment, I spoke of our rhythms - which he knows so well - of the possibility of composing each dish in a musical genre, etc. The next day, at the same time, the lyrics of Cuxá were in my hands and, I vow, magically the melody came to my head:
Hurry up, girl,
Use the pestle,
You knead by hand.
If you don't own
Pestle, my love,
Use the blender!
(To use the blender!)
SEE BELOW, THE VIDEO RICE OF SHELLFISH IN THE RHYTHM OF "LELÊ" (FOLKLORIC DANCE)
Composition by Wellington Reis and José Ignácio, performed by Wellington Reis, recorded in São Luis and São Paulo. Voice-Wellington Reis.Flauta-Carrasqueira.Rabeca-Thomas.Percussão-Ubiratan / ZéPretinho.Coro-Brandão / Inácio / Luciana / Fátima. Posted on YouTube by Ubiratan Sousa
A PRIZED DISC
The artist from Maranhão, Wellington Reis went to grab a prize where one breathes art and culture, among sumptuous castles, canals and the crystalline river Svartån, in Sweden's sixth largest city, Örebro, encrusted in the province of Närke, in the region of Gotalândia, in the south from Sweden.
In this pleasant place, the album SOTAQUE MARANHENSE NA ART DE COZINHAR (FROM MARANHÃO ACCENT IN THE ART OF COOKING) tasted the "Gourmand World Cookbook Awards", an award that recognizes the best publications in the world gastronomy.
This musical production from Maranhão recorded on a compact digital disc (CD) competed with over five thousand publications (in the most diverse categories) and was a finalist among 17 works from 60 countries.