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29-01-2010 05:28peter


TV Bahia footage and a voice recording of Osmar Macêdo in a documentary by Ionaldo Araujo.

Osmar Macêdo tells the story of how him and Dodô Nascimento created the Fobica, the first Trio Elétrico vehicle ever. Osmar explains that the performance of the Pernambucan Carnival Club "Vassourinhas" in Salvador had inspired him and  his partner Dodô to set up the Fobica (portuguese for "road hog"), an old Ford 1929. Brazilian Newspapers from the 1950s indicate clearly that performance referred to by Osmar took place on Monday,January 29th, 1951. However, for some reason, he incorrectly cites 1950 as the year of the episode.

English Translation
Yes, my friends. I would have never imagined that this joke from the carnival of 1950 [sic]would result in the national phenomenon of the Trio Eletrico. This joke that me and Dodô had come up with. We had already been performing all through the 1940s, playing these instruments built by Dodô, called Pau Eletrico by the Bahians. We were calling ourselves the "Dupla Eletrica" in these days. In 1950 [sic] the famus Vassourinhas from Pernambuco visited Bahia. It was wonderful. 150 brass instruments playing Pernambucan frevo music. They gave a show, on a Wednesday before carnival, here in Bahia. They were on their way to play in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro  The Bahians had a chance to see and to listen to the wonderful Pernambucan frevo. We were right in the middle of that crowd, out in the streets of Bahia, jumping and dancing to this wonderful  frevo music. Thats when i had this idea: "Dodô, lets go out with our electric instruments [paus elétricos] in the coming carnival", as the Dupla Eletrica". Thats when we created the famous Fobica. It was just the car that we had available, the car to haul metal parts for my workshop. And we placed a speaker in front, anotherin the back, and we practiced these chords of the Vassourinhas, and then went out ito play right in the middle of the avenue. And when we started playing, it was was the same madness [the same enthusiatic reaction of the crowd as had been with the Vassourinhas orchestra a few days earlier].

Portuguese Original
"Pos é minha gente. Eu não pensava nunca que aquela brincaderia do carnaval de 1950 terminasse neste fenomeno nacional do trio elétrico. Com a brincadeira minha e de Dodô. Nos já tocavamos durante toda a decada de 40, com aqueles instrumentinhos que Dodõ criou, o baiano botou logo de "pau elétrico". Era a Dupla Elétrica naquela época. Em 1950 passou lá pela Bahia aquele famoso Vassourinhas de Pernambuco. Foi tudo maravilhoso, 150 metais tocando frevo pernambucano. Teve a exibição, numa quarta feira antes do carnaval, lá na Bahia. Eles viram tocar no Carnaval do Rio. No baiano, tocou a oportunidade de ver e ouvir a maravilha do frevo pernambucano. Todos os dois estavamos no meio daquela turba eloquecida, e saimos pelas ruas, lá na Bahia, pulando aquele frevo maravilhoso. Ai se instalou na cabeça assim: "Dodô, vamos sair com os nossos paus elétricos, com os nossos instrumentos, a Dupla Elétrica, no carnaval que se aproxima". E então, preparamos a velha fobiquinha, a famosa Fobica. Era o carro do que nos despunhamos, o carro que carregava ferro na minha oficina. E ai botamos um altofalante na frente, um outro pra trás, e ensaiamos aqueles accordes dos Vassourinhas, e saimos no meio da avendia. Tocamos, e ai foi a mesma loucura. "






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