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Ticuqueiros is a Brazilian band from the State of Pernambuco. In the Forest Zone in the State of Pernambuco, the “ticuqueiro” is a rural worker responsible for removing the weed around the shoot of sugar cane plantations and for the harvest. The Ticuqueiros have always created the folklore in the region developing cultural expressions like the maracatu, the cavalo-marinho, the coco, the ciranda, the carnival troupe and the forró. The name of the band Ticuqueiros refers to this rural worker, the main character in the musical culture in the Forest Zone of Pernambuco.

Pernambuco State of Brazil

Pernambuco is a state of Brazil, located in the Northeast region of the country. The state of Pernambuco also includes the archipelago Fernando de Noronha. With an estimated population of 9.2 million people in 2013, it is the seventh most populous state of Brazil, and is the sixth most densely populated and the 19th most extensive among the states and territories of the country. Its capital and largest city, Recife, is one of the most important economic and urban hubs in the country. As of 2013 estimates, Recife's metropolitan area is the fifth most populous in the country, and the largest urban agglomeration in Northeast Brazil.


The group is formed by Marquinhos Ralph (lead singer, sax and pífano), João Paulo Rosa (percussion and vocal), Sid3 (drums), André Arcoverde (guitar), Fábio Pipa (percussion), Charles Olyver (bass) and Babá of Olinda (trombone).


The band was created in 2001 in the city of Nazaré da Mata, countryside of Pernambuco and it is a result of the meeting of these young people from traditional music schools. The band blends rock, maracatu de baque solto, coco, ciranda, carnival troupe, making vibrating and singular music. The lyrics translate the routine of that man of the countryside and the environment of the Forest Zone of the State os Pernambuco.

Nazaré da Mata Municipality in Northeast, Brazil

Nazaré da Mata is a city located in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. Located at 62 km from Recife, capital of the state of Pernambuco. Has an estimated population of 30,185 people, it is well known as the town of Maracatu Rural and its engenhos de cana-de-açúcar. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nazaré.

The first CD of Ticuqueiros – Dos Canaviais da Zona da Mata – begins with the records and mixing in August 2005, in Batuk Studios in Carpina. The masterization was made in Classic Master Studios, São Paulo through Carlos Freitas in December, 2006. There are 15 tracks that bring for us the cultural and musical richness from the Forest Zone of Pernambuco. On this CD there is the participation of friends and musicians like: Siba, Isaar, Nilton Junior (who also signed the musical direction), Cosmo Antônio, Mestre João Paulo and Tiné.

Highlights of the band Ticuqueiros

Pernambuco in Concert (2002) Utacaram Festival (2002, 2003 and 2004) - Nazaré da Mata, PE. Sling Festival (all editions since 2001) - Tracunhaém, PE. Rec Beat 2003 - Recife, PE. Circuito Cultural Banco do Brazil 2004 - Recife, PE. Alafia - Event of Black Identity (2004) - Goiás, PE. Winter Festival Garanhuns (2004) - Garanhuns, PE.Festival Pre-PMA 2005 - Recife, PE. Meeting Maracatus (2005) - Nazaré da Mata, PE Canavial (Festival of Culture of the Forest Zone) in 2006 in Nazareth in August To Kill All EP (2005, 2006 and 2007) - Carpina, PE. II Festival Rock Cordel do CCBNB Cariri Juazeiro do Norte Ce and PB Souza, on 24 and January 25, 2008 Carnaval Multicultural do Recife since 2005 BrasilNoar Project (Presentation of the International Festival of New Brazilian Art / Barcelona 2008 - Stage Recife) Connections Project (Porto and Lisbon - Portugal) and BrasilNoar (International Festival of New Brazilian Art / Barcelona - November 2008) Canavial Festival 2009 (Nazaré da Mata-PE), PE Nação Cultural (2010), Sesc's P. prudente e Campinas-SP (2010), SBPC Cultural in Natal-RN (2010).

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