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Electric Trio 1930 to 1959

Electric Trio from 1930 to 1959 (A Fobica by Dodô and Osmar) - Photo / Reproduction: Disclosure
Electric Trio from 1930 to 1959 (A Fobica by Dodô and Osmar) - Photo / Reproduction: Disclosure

'Trio Elétrico, with its anthropophagic sound, is carnivalizing everything. From the most popular classics to the most popular classics. ' (Caetano Veloso)

Decade of 30
There was a musical group in Salvador, created by Dorival Caymmi, that animated some parties and weekend meetings, and that was presented on radio stations. The group Três e Meio started to be a success in Bahia, whose members were Caymmi, Alberto Costa, Zezinho Rodrigues and Adolfo Nascimento - the Dodô. In 1938, with the departure of Caymmi, the group restructured and now has seven components, including Osmar Macêdo.

Presenting in the city of Salvador, the classical guitarist Benedito Chaves (RJ) showed the local audience an 'electrified guitar' for the first time. Dodô and Osmar, eager to know this instrument, went to see the show at the Guarani cinema and were extremely excited. Although it was an ordinary guitar, imported and with a pickup inserted in its mouth, the instrument was very primitive and had feedback. Dodô, however, tireless in his quest to overcome this problem, in just a few days built a guitar just like Benedito Chaves' for him, and a cavaquinho for Osmar. Although the feedback continues, the two came together once again to form the 'Electric Duo' and began to perform in several places.

On a certain day, Dodô decided to stretch a guitar string over his workbench and secure it at the ends; under the rope, he placed a microphone attached to the bench. When the pair turned on the microphone, something unbelievable happened, a clean sound that even sounded like a bell. Then, the principle was discovered and it was soon possible to realize that the 'massive body' avoided the phenomenon of feedback - and thus, with the name of electric stick, the Bahian guitar was born.

The electric duo then started playing in clubs, parties and balls, with their own instruments.

On the Wednesday before Carnival, the famous 'Clube Carnavalesco Vassourinhas do Recife', with 150 members, performed in Salvador with metals, some wood and little percussion. On the morning of the day after the presentation of the people from Pernambuco, Dodô and Osmar started working on the construction project of what would become the 'tlétrico trio'. Osmar, owner of a mechanical workshop, removed a 1929 Ford, known as 'Fobica', from the warehouse and started the decoration process by painting several colored circles around the vehicle as if they were confetti and made plywood, in the shape of a guitar, two plates with the words 'Electrical Double'.

Dodô, trained in radiotechnics, decided to set up a 'source' that, connected to the current of a car battery, would supply the load for the functioning of the speakers installed in the phobic (where they would present themselves with their 'Electric Sticks') ). In the middle of Carnival Sunday, the pair went up the mountain slope towards Praça Castro Alves and Rua Chile, around 16 pm, and dragged thousands of people. Dodô and Osmar, on top of the decorated and electronically equipped phobica, thus made their first appearance as the inventors of the electric trio.

The duo decided to invite their friend and musician Temístocles Aragão to form what would be called an electric trio. The name was gaining fame, making, in the following years, people hear the electrifying sound and say: 'Here comes the electric trio'.

The soft drink factory 'Fratelli Vita' decided to sponsor the electric trio of Dodô and Osmar and the pair abandoned the old phobica and moved to a large vehicle, putting in it eight speakers, electric current from generators and lighting with fluorescent lamps. The sponsorship remained until 1957 - the time when the electric trio of Dodô and Osmar performed on the central streets of Salvador and animated carnivals out of season in the interior of the state.

Then, new electric trios appeared playing on trucks such as Ypiranga, Cinco Irmãos, Conjunto Atlas, Jacaré (later called Saborosa) and Paturi (Feira de Santana / BA.)

The musical group Tapajós (mounted on a pickup truck) appears, first follower and largely responsible for the fact that the electric trio, as a physical structure, has remained and expanded as a carnival phenomenon.

The electric trio Tapajós animates Carnival in the Suburbia Ferroviário.

The electric trio Dodô e Osmar won the sponsorship of the Salvador City Hall.

At the invitation of the governor of Pernambuco, the Trio Elétrico de Dodô e Osmar left Bahia for the first time to play at the Recife Carnival, under the sponsorship of 'Coca-Cola'.


Electric Trio from 1930 to 1959 (A Fobica by Dodô and Osmar) - Photo / Reproduction: Disclosure
Electric Trio from 1930 to 1959 (A Fobica by Dodô and Osmar) - Photo / Reproduction: Disclosure
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