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The Boranda Challenge Pt.2


BORANDA is an original composition by the Brazilian singer Edu Lobo. It appears on the album Edu y Bethania (Elenco, 1966). The word, “Boranda”, comes from an indigenous phrase that means “continue walking.” The song also appears on pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader Sergio Mendes’s debut album titled, The Great Arrival (1966).

Boranda is a narrative and a lament that talks about a land devastated by drought. More than likely Lobo is referring to northeastern Brazil, where he once lived and drought is a natural phenomenon.

The composition appears on La Sonora Ponceña’s classic 1977 album El Gigante del Sur (Giant from the South, Inca) which, in my view, is one of its finest albums to date. According to Lucca, it was the Panamanian singer Rubén Blades who translated Boranda’s lyrics from Portuguese to Spanish. The lead singer (sonero) is Luigi Texidor and the coro (backup singers) are none other than Ruben Blades and Hector Lavoe. Also, it marked Yolanda Rivera’s debut with La Sonora Ponceña. Papo Lucca’s solo on the electric piano, coupled with his vocal scatting, is a memorable contribution to salsa. Also, it is the inspiration for the Boranda Challenge.

The following are my picks for the best interpretations of Boranda by a group or individual.

Trombones: Johan Escalante, Rey David Alejandre Xito lovell, Veni Núñez, Angel Subero, Piano: Zoliapianista, Bajo: Rudy Bolaños, Bongo y Campana: Giancarlo Anderson, Coros: Josse Ramon Guerra, Congas: Yorman caballito Méndez, Voz: Rafael Moreno, Edición de Video: Luis Enrique Becerra, Ademir Berrocal: Timbal, Batería, Coros, Producción, Mezcla y Mastering en BerrocalBrosstudios. Chorrera, Panamá.

Saxophonist, Paola Rivera

For more on The Boranda Challenge click HERE.


    • Tomas,

      Yes, I’m familiar with Doug’s version. Titanes del Trombon is a great album! Thanks for checking in. Best, Tomas


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