About the song
Wikipedia says "Boi" is "a style of Central Amazonian folk music now moving into the mainstream in Brazil."
This kind of song is sung in the Bumba-Meu-Boi festival, typically in the cities of São Luís in the state of Maranhão on the Northeast coast of Brazil. Wikipedia describes Bumba-Meu-Boi as "a popular dance in Northeast Brazil. It tells the story of the death and resurrection of an ox.
There isn't a lot more on the Internet, but here is one detailed (Whoops! it's no longer there - anyone know if it's still available?description of the Bumba-Meu-Boi festival and another with more pictures of the Bumba-Meu-Boi festival (both sites in Portuguese).
|Original version from Angela's CD|
|Our practice version - 2 different rhythms|
|Solo:||'eu vi uma onça ge-mer, na mata do arvoredo|
|'eu vi uma onça ge-mer, na mata do arvoredo|
O lere, sao joao, me valha sao pedro, de onça eu tenho medo'Everyone:
O lere, sao joao, me valha sao pedro, de onça eu tenho medo'
I saw a wild cat/puma/jaguar growling in the forest
Oh! lere Saint John, come to me Saint Peter, the wild cat/puma/jaguar frightens me!