In this lesson we will look at another João Donato composition with lyrics by Gilberto Gil called "Bananeira". Bananeira translates to banana tree and the lyrics are nonsensical and absurd but were written more for rhythmic and onomatopoeic impact.
The underlying rhythm of this tune will probably be unfamiliar with many – rather than being based on samba this tune uses a maracatu rhythm as its foundation. This groove has a strong downbeat but then is heavily syncopated for the rest of the rhythmic cycle. The bridge goes to a samba for eight bars and then returns to the maracatu.
Bananeira lead sheet File Type: pdf
Bananeira Transcription File Type: pdf