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Audio Recording Santos reis = Wise men

Santos reis = Wise men

About this Item


  • Santos reis = Wise men


  • Avila, Albert, performer.
  • Avila, Alice Lemos, performer.
  • Cowell, Sidney Robertson, 1903-1995, collector.
  • Medeiros, Antonio, performer.
  • Silva, Elzira, performer.

Created / Published

  • 1939.


  • -  Carols, Portuguese
  • -  Christmas music
  • -  Epiphany music
  • -  New Year music
  • -  Portuguese Americans--California--Oakland--Music
  • -  Songs, Portuguese--California--Oakland


  • Field recordings
  • Songs


  • -  Yellow song check-list notes: "Kind of out of tune."
  • -  Yellow song check-list notes: "The ferrinho is a heavy iron triangle, associated particularly with carolling in the Azores. Mr. Medeiros borrowed one last New Year's Eve, but we were unable to record the carols then. For this recording he made himself one the night before."
  • -  Alice Lemos Avila, vocals and English guitar; Elzira Silva, vocals; Antonio Medeiros, vocals and triangle; Albert Avila, vocals.
  • -  Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on March 8, 1939.
  • -  In Portuguese.
  • -  Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Alice Lemos Avila and friends performing Portuguese songs and music from December 31, 1838 through April 12, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California.


  • on 1 side of 1 sound disc : analog, 78 rpm ; 12 in.

Source Collection

  • Forms part of: W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection


Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2017701630

Online Format

  • audio

Additional Metadata Formats

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Credit Line

W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection (AFC 1940/001), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Cowell, Sidney Robertson, Collector. Santos reis = Wise men. performeds by Avila, Albert, Avila, Alice Lemos, Medeiros, Antonio, and Silva, Elzira 1939. Audio.

APA citation style:

Cowell, S. R. (1939) Santos reis = Wise men. Avila, A., Avila, A. L., Medeiros, A. & Silva, E., performers [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Cowell, Sidney Robertson, Collector. Santos reis = Wise men. performer by Avila, Albert, et al 1939. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.