What is this project all about?
Here’s the story: when my daughter was born, I wanted to I sing songs to her that my parents and grandparents sang to me when I was a child. Although I lived all my life in Brazil, most of these songs are typical German folk music. Yes, I’ve got German roots. Anyway, I couldn’t remember some of the lyrics, neither could my mother. All hope was lost since even almighty Google himself could find anything. Luckily my aunt found a notebook dated 1931 in which my great-grandmother Rosa had written down these texts. So this project is about remembering and reforming. It’s about both the past and the future, about great-great-grandparents and their descendants, Brazil and Germany, it’s about something good and fun.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
Oma Rosa saved songs in her notebook. We’ll do it by rearranging and recording the songs. The product? A CD. To whom? To all those who enjoy Brazilian music and/or German music and/or are adventurous enough to bet on this idea.
Why would you support this project?
In Germany, many from the younger generation are forgetting their rich musical heritage, as are the great-grandkids of German emigrants. Others find folk songs old-fashioned and cheesy. We consider this project to be a relevant solution to these issues. Most important of all: German folksongs in samba-mood really work!
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
Most of the costs to make this CD are already being covered through voluntary work: musicians, designers and other artists are donating their skills and time. The money will be used to finance part of the production costs and to press the CDs.
Who are the people behind the project?
Dago Schelin sings and plays the guitar. But let’s rewind a
bit. Ana Rosa Hetzel, born in 1901 in Leibzig, emigrated to Brazil
in 1911 bringing along songs and poems. Anabella, Rosa’s
great-great-granddaughter was the inspiration for this quest.
Between Rosa and Anabella, there are many family member who have
contributed to this project through research, musical arrangement,
singing, instrument and recording in Brazil: Helma, Bruno, Sibila,
Juju, Karin, Michele, Elise…
In the German side we have a group of musicians who can play Brazilian music well enough to teach Brazilians how to make samba.
Peter Herrmann, our bass player and sound engineer. Moritz Weissinger: drums. Olaf Roth: Piano. German Marstatt: Trumpet. Not to mention other musician-guests who are giving their talent to this project.