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The CD Pomegranate (Physical) by Jaime Santos And The Saint Of House has arrived. You can already guarantee yours through the email: [email protected] or by (43) 99910-8687 (51) 98519-7501.

The CD comes with twelve songs by Jaime Santos and his partners Ewerton Cesar, Itamar Rios, Aldo Moraes, and a band formed by Alessandro Franco on electric double bass, André Coudeiro on drums and percussion and Israel Laurindo on guitars and ten-string viola, besides to direct the arrangements and make the musical direction together with Fernando Arruda and Jaime Santos. The CD also has the special participation of the invited musicians: Gilberto Oliveira on guitar, Wslley Risso on guitar, Rodrigo Munhoz in the direction of the choir, Thâmara Baptista in the choir, Rakelly Calliari in the choir, Wellington Filho in the cavaquinho, Felipe Dias in rap, Wendel Antunes on the flute, Fidel Piñero on the trumpet, João Salles on the accordion, Fernando Arruda bongo and fretless bass. The CD also had the wonderful participation of: Lula Barbosa, Luíza Braga Sulivan Maridakis. The production of Jana Silva and Moca Produtora.

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CD Pomegranate website:  www.jaimesantos.biz

 


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TRIP TO CORSICA/FR

My experience of leaving Brazil for the first time only made me confirm the words of Tom Jobim, "In Brazil it is bad, but it is good", it is clear that my testimony is loaded with feelings of belonging, I liked many things and others not so much. I liked the organicity and the appreciation they have for culture and the value it has for them. Every year in France there is a party that has become a tradition throughout the country and its colonies, they celebrate music with a project called “Fête de la Musique”. The Band that I was invited to participate and took part in my trip, Bijou's Band, participated in this moment in June 2019 on the island of Corsica, which was where I went, we performed in one of the most historic squares on the Island and perhaps from France, this square, where Napoleon Bonaparte and many important people from all over the world walked. In World War II, ships and aircraft carriers docked at the port of Bonifacio on the island of Corsica. History is not lacking in the place. In this square called Place de L'Arme (Praça das Armas) we played a show playing Brazilian music. The island is really beautiful. There is something interesting that I observed in Corsica, besides its beauty, they want independence from France, in fact they want independence for centuries, long before they belonged to France, since when they belonged to Genoa in Italy, because Genoa owed money to the French and paid by handing the Island over to the French, and then as a way of showing their discontent they (the Corsicans) created a communication war with France, when you walk around the city the unwritten signposts in two languages ​​French and Corsican, this it happens as a form of resistance by the islanders to French rule. The island is full of places with live music and shows by local musicians and many with traditional island music such as Taberna do Roi (L’Alba) in the center of Porto Vecchio.

La Taberne du Roy in Porto Vecchio Corsica France

In this Taberna I gave a piece of music playing songs by Jorge Ben Jor and Djavan accompanied by Drummer Ricardo Pissarras (Rico) and the local band and then the amusements. But what I liked most was being there watching a local band playing their original songs and nothing colonized after so much Eurovision force in the opposite direction.
The next day we went to a square in the center of Porto Vecchio where we stayed at the Pousada da Letícia (a very good architect and artist). Watch a presentation by a local band playing around medieval churches and buildings. The tone of the island of Corsica is stone, lots of stone and all buildings are built of stones. There are very old buildings made of stone, and these are an example of this.

Vocal group of traditional Corsican music.

Note that the singers sing with one hand over their ears to differentiate the voices and make chorus, as their music has something popular, classical and medieval. Very interesting!

ISLAND CURIOSITIES

  • STONES On the island of Corsica, cobblestone or granite stone is widely used for everything, for buildings of all shapes and forms, as the island is very rich in this material.

  • ANIMALS - On the island there are still animals living wildly like wild boar and horses, and there is still a huge diversity of birds and you can hear several species singing at certain times of the day. The end of the afternoon is exquisite.

Birdsong in the late afternoon at Porto Vecchio on the island of Corsica in France.

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Birds in Corsica.

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INFRASTRUCTURE

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Bastiá Sea Port on the Island.

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INFRASTRUCTURE - The island is very well structured, it has about four airports, one in each corner of the island and several cities with a port for small and large tour boats. Bastiá has a super port located in the north of the island where ships, bales and boats arrive. It has supermarkets and hypermarkets, but it leaves something to be desired in terms of sewage and water, from what I saw, some residents and some communities have problems with lack of water, and in this respect, Floripa is the same.

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TOURISM

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The island lives on tourism in the three summer months and then emberna in the low season. It is one of the reasons for being very expensive. Everything is very expensive. The cost of living is expensive, rent is expensive, food is expensive, but whoever goes to the island already knows. However, the island has beautiful and historic places with old short alleys and sidewalks with huge cobblestones and worn by time, where the souvenir trade and other traditional stores are concentrated, with streets still with characteristics from the time of their construction originals.

Napoleon was born in the island's capital, Ajaccio, but he has his mark on the entire island, an example of which I speak is Bonifacio, a beautiful place with geographical cutouts of the sea and a local port with typical Roman alleys where commerce and local culture are found. The coast is very indented with heaps of white earth rich in calcium, which makes the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea that crosses the island so blue. On the island there are also mountains over two thousand meters high where it is cold and snowing in the winter, and the most original people (indigenous) or descendants of the remote times of the island and its history are found.

Napoleon Bonaparte (in French: Napoléon Bonaparte; Corsican of Ajaccio capital of the Island Corsica, 15 of August of 1769 - died in the island of Saint Helena, 5 of May of 1821) was a political and military leader during the last stages of the French Revolution. … Through the Napoleonic Wars, he was responsible for establishing French hegemony over most of Europe.

COMMERCE AND ROADS OF THE ROMAN TIME

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A vast trade of souvenirs of all types, fruits of all origins, different hats (I love it) and everything that is kind of material. From Brazil, he had several fruits and a Havaianas store in downtown Porto Vecchio. Meat is very expensive in supermarkets. The beans you don't find, and if you do, it's very expensive. Their typical food is pasta and straight bread. Seafood of all species. As the cities are very old and the streets are mostly alleys of huge stones, they modernized without disturbing what existed, they only created sidewalks and modern decks of wood mixed with metals and covered with refractable awnings that became charming at the edge of the docks and in the island's stone lanes.

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CORSICA FLAG HISTORY

Old Corsican flag - A Moor with blindfolds.
Current flag with the Moor with eyes unveiled as a symbol of liberation.

The Corsican flag was adopted by the nation's general, Pasquale Paoli, in 1755 and was based on a traditional flag previously used. It depicts a Moor (people from North Africa who inhabited much of Europe) wearing a white headband above their eyes on a white background. Previously, the bandana covered his eyes; but Paoli wanted the bandana above his eyes to symbolize the liberation of the Corsican people.

It was virtually banned after 1769, when Genoa sold the island to settle a debt with France. It was used as the official flag when Great Britain occupied it in 1793. The History of Corsica

The Moors - They are not the people from the island of Corsica, they were people from the Iberian peninsula who in turn came from North Africa. They became the largest population on the island, replacing the native indigenous people who took refuge in the mountains of the island.

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The Second World WarThe takeover of Sardinia and Corsica was another easy achievement of great importance. During the entire period of operations against Sicily and Italy, the Allied bombers took care of dampening Sardinia's defenses as a preliminary measure to the planned invasion. Such an operation had now become unnecessary. The German evacuation from Sardinia was hastened when Italian troops on the island turned against their former allies. The consolidation of the Germans in Corsica was hindered by the prompt action of the local patriots, followed by the disembarkation of French fighting forces. If the Italian garrison in Corsica had joined the fight against the Germans, they would lose all their possibilities of withdrawal. Since this did not happen, the Germans were able to maintain the port of Bastia long enough to withdraw their forces. But even if the enemy was not destroyed, his expulsion from these positions represented a tremendous advance for the allies. They had eliminated an advanced point that dominated the access routes to northern Italy and the south of France. From the air bases of Corsica they could launch concentrated attacks against these areas and provide cover for fighters to any new landings on the Mediterranean coast. The conquest of Corsica brought a new vulnerability to the entire German position in Italy.

Casablanca the submarine freed Corsica which saved France from the Germans. More information Click here! Documentary that tells such a story Liberated Corsica, the Casabianca epic 1942-1943 (2014)

On November 27, 1942, the submarine Casabianca escapes from the port of Toulon, while most of the French fleet makes the dishonorable choice to flee after the Germans invaded the free zone. Commander L'Herminier and the 85 men of his crew who refuse to abandon the fight, will become the indispensable instrument for the country's new stage of liberation: the reconquest of Corsica. With the help of testimonies from ex-submariners, archives and excerpts from the feature film “Casabianca”, filmed shortly after the war, “The epic of Casabianca” returns to this little-known episode of the Liberation of France.

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FRUIT AND HERB TREES ...

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Corsican fig jam

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Corsicans have a delicious fig jam, perhaps one of the best in the world. In my wanderings around the island, I noticed that they preserve fruit trees, herbs and flowers around the island's cities, it is normal you are walking and come across huge rosemary feet or huge fig trees.

CORSICA WINES

When I was there I was taking medicine I could not take the Corsican wine even to taste it, but according to the drunken musicians who were with me at the same accommodation, they said that wine is wonderful and cheap, and when I say, cheap, it is because it is cheap same, and of very high quality. A set of six bottles cost around 7 euros. There is wine from all over France and from all over Europe and very cheap. There are more than six official wineries on the island, apart from homemade and artisanal ones.

SHOWS AND THE BIJOU’S BAND

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Jaime Santos & Bijou's Band

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The band was formed by Jaime Santos vocals and guitar, Inácio Longhi on alto saxophone, Ricardo Pissarras Oliveira (Rico) on drums, Audimar Donato on double bass and Joseph Bohn on keyboard. The shows took place in different places around the island, but we were located more on the Corse du sud or more to the southeast of the island of Corsica. We play in the Cannes Sucre Island Bars and Restaurants in Porto Vecchio, La Plage in Porto Vecchio, At the Mediteranee na Plage de Saint Giulia in Porto Vecchio, At the Fête de la Musique in Place de L’Arme in Bonifacio, La Goeland in La Tonnara. We played Brazilian music in the style of MPB, Samba Funk and Bossa Nova. In the music repertoire of Gilberto Gil, Tom Jobim, Djavan, Milton Nascimento, Zé Ramalho, Alceu Valença and many others.

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A big party from a country that invests in culture

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BIJOU’S BAND SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND TESTING

Former convent that became a music school and a rehearsal studio in Bonifacio.

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An old nunnery of the seventeenth century that housed several spaces for classrooms, dormitories, cafeterias, offices and other facilities, today houses a giant music school and a rehearsal studio in the city of Bonifacio on the island of Corsica. When you walk inside the space you can smell the time and history, you can also see the wear of the granite stones on the floors of so many people walking they spent in some places, mainly in the central area of the corridors and staircases. The most interesting thing is that they keep it the way it is, and insist that it be so, as if to show that history is part of their daily lives. Another curiosity is that next to it is a cemetery and from the window you have a view of it and the Tyrrhenian Sea in the background.

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Cemetery next to the convent in Bonifacio and in the background the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Rehearsal and Instrument Room, from piano to guitars with the best quality equipment.

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CORSICA COAST

BeachesThe beaches on the island of Corsica are beautiful and very clean. Waters of transparent and crystalline blue and each place is a type of cutout and beauty without equal. Just as you find flat, calm beaches, you can find the same blue waters tearing up the mountains as in Bonifacio. The sea that bathes the island is the Tyrrhenian Sea, an adjacency of the Mediterranean that bathes the continent on one side the west coast of Italy and on the other the east coast of France. Seafood is a popular delicacy.

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Saint Giulia beach

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Sunset in La Tonnara.

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PARTNERSHIP IN RIO DE JANEIRO

Jaime santos is part of the casting of artists from Bacana Producer!

Jaime Santos and Gabriela Azevedo.

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  • Good news my people! I announce with great joy that Moca Produtora, Jaime Santos and Bacana Produções from Gabriela Azevedo that I met through Mauricio Pacheco (Vanessa da Mata producer) in Rio de Janeiro, they partnered on the production of the CD Romã and the work of the artist Jaime Santos. Jaime Santos from today 22/08/2019, is part of the casting of Bacana Produtora along with other great artists of the suit of Geraldo Azevedo.

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DUBAS EDITOR

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With the arrival in Rio de Janeiro after participating in the 2019 Fête De La Musique on the island of Corsica in France, everything went well with the aspirations that we wanted for CD Romã and the work that encompasses it. We signed a contract with Editora Dubas by Isabel Brant (daughter of the late composer of Clube da Esquina Fernando Brant) and Ronaldo Bastos. The publisher will have a super important role in prospecting and launching the CD's music in the phonographic market.

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