"I'm from Brazil and I'd like to send a song called 'Balaio'. It's an old dance from Rio Grande do Sul, a state in southern Brazil. 'Balaio' is a kind of basket made of straw or liana." -Bruna

The name of the dance comes from the shape the ladies' skirts takes during the dance: there's a point when they swirl and squat and get up, which makes the ample skirt take the shape of a wicker basket hanging from their waists.

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Notes

*Sinhá is the way the slavers called the ladies, it's a diminutive form of "senhora"(miss, lady).
**Moça is another name for a young woman.
***Chinocas: diminutive form of "chinas", mixed-race Brazilians. Bruna wrote, "The name 'chinoca' has a lot of meanings. The most common is a diminutive form of 'china', also called 'prenda'. Those girls with long dresses in the videos nowadays are all called chinas, chinocas or prendas (in my state we say prenda). They are the wives or girlfriends of the 'peão', both field workers. It's sometimes used in a pejorative sense, like a strumpet. Because these mixed-race girls were also companions of the soldiers during some wars."

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Bruna Marcela Benevenutti for contributing and translating the chorus of this song and for the commentary!

Obrigada!

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