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Tico-Tico no Fubá: Zequinha de Abreu (1880-1935)









Band leader Zequinha de Abreu wrote this infectious tune in 1917. Performing it at a dance club, one musician commented that the dancers looked like a flock of tico-tico birds, a type of sparrow. The name stuck: tico-tico no fuba roughly translates as sparrow on the cornmeal. In this recording, Im on second guitar and Trent Navran is on first guitar. He was 15 when we made this recording.

Alonso Sánchez Coello

Tico and the Golden Wings: Leo Lionni (1910-1999)

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