Three Brazilian personalities and their places of origin

Learn a little more about some cultural icons and their hometowns.

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Cora Coralina

When we talk about Cidade de Goiás, soon the name Cora Coralina comes to mind, one of the most important poetesses of the Brazilian literature. The city, about 14 km away from Goiânia, capital of Goiás State, is famous for the poetess’ house and for being an inspiration for her poems.

Besides being a poetess, Cora was also a professional candy maker and, due to this, the kitchen of her house is the gateway to visitors. In the other rooms, her books and personal items are exposed, which includes photos, letters and her typewriter.

The city, also known as Goiás Velho (Old Goiás), is charming, cozy and ideal for those who enjoy cultural tours. You can walk through its streets and alleys and get to know their centenary churches and baroque architecture of houses and shops.

If you visit the city during Semana Santa (Holy Week: the Catholic tradition that begins on Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday), you can still enjoy Procissão do Fogaréu (Procession of Fire). The event takes place since 1745 and attracts thousands of visitors every year.


In the agreste region (dry area in the north-east) of Pernambuco, more precisely in the city of Garanhuns, about 230 km away from Recife, capital of Pernambuco, José Domingos de Moraes (Dominguinhos) was born. He was a great instrumentalist, singer and composer. His father, popularly called Mestre Chicão (Master Chicão), was a well-known accordion player and accordion tuner, and his mother was known as Dona Mariinha.

As a child, he played with his brothers in the group “Os três pinguins” (The three penguins). At the age of 8 years old, he was discovered by Luiz Gonzaga, another famous Brazilian musician, while participating in a show in Garanhuns. The city provides great services for visitors, with good hotels, tourism companies and restaurants with varied menus of typical Brazilian northeastern cuisine.

In July, the Winter Festival of Garanhuns takes place, attracting thousands of tourists every year. The event is a diversified cultural manifestation that mixes music, theater, literature, movies, circus, cuisine and other cultural manifestations.

Dorival Caymmi

Salvador, in the State of Bahia, is known throughout the world for its cultural diversity, natural beauty and for being a city with friendly people. The city is also famous for being the birthplace of many icons of Brazilian music, such as the singer and songwriter Dorival Caymmi, author of many songs inspired by the capital of Bahia.

The African traditions are intrinsic to the city’s culture. There, Catholicism coexists intimately with African religions, joining Iemanjá and Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Iansã and Santa Bárbara, Senhor do Bonfim and Oxalá. All of this can be seen in a tour at the Pelourinho. This is the historic downtown of Salvador), with their mansions and several baroque churches.

If you are in town during the Carnival, you can check out the heat of people from Bahia on the streets, by joining blocos (street parties) and trios elétricos (eletric trios: trucks equipped with a powerful sound system, with a music group playing on it and followed by a street parade). After the party, try the delicious acarajé, a Brazilian cuisine specialty of African origin made of ground dwarf beans, with different stuffing such as vatapá (cream of shrimp), caruru (food made of okra, onion, shrimp, and nuts), salad, pepper and shrimp. Believe me: there’s no way to eat just one.