Celele & Relala

Celele & Relala

BandWorldChildren's Music

Biography

The duo Celele & Relala emerged in 1993, in Sao Paulo/Brazil. Formed by singers and (later on) actresses Celise Melo and Regiane Toledo, the duo’s goal is to stimulate children’s perception through Music, and facilitate their integration with society.

This ideal aroused from the fact that both artists are also Music teachers for children, besides being close friends. When Regiane worked Celise’s songs in the classroom, she felt in the children’s receptivity the urge to amplify and make Celise’s work become public. Therefore, naturally came to sight the idea of putting on a musical show for children between 2 and 8 years old, age group until then lacked of exclusive and direct cultural content.

In the first 2 years of career, the duo performed in several theaters e cultural spaces in the city of Sao Paulo (Brazil), achieving after each appearance a growing success of public and critics, maturing their stage performance and consolidating the first version of the show “Singing Stories with Celele & Relala” (“Cantando Estórias com Celelê e Relalá”).

In 1995, Celise and Regiane invited the musician and producer Tony Babalu to become their General Director. Under his direction, they finalized the definitive theatrical production, filled up with creative and singular solutions, such as projecting the scenery in cinema screen, promoting “soap-bubble rain” and many sound and light effects, offering small children “a rich spectacle, with all the elements a grown up would have at his idol’s concert” (review published in the ‘Jornal da Tarde’, a big circulation newspaper from Sao Paulo).

“Singing Stories with Celele & Relala” debuted in 1995 and until today keeps its initial concept alive, with its quick change of costumes and characters while 14 songs are sang live in video clip rhythm, in an interactive way, creating a thrilling atmosphere of joy which involves the children since the first moment and invites them to take part in the show.

The foresight was to perform a 3 month season, but even before that period the production had already been nominated to the Brazilian Sharp Award and APETESP Award (best spectacle, actress, soundtrack and composed music), and the audience of 30 people that’d watched the first performance had astonishingly multiplied itself.

As natural consequence of success, in 1996 the duo recorded their first CD, “Celele & Relala”, containing among others the songs from the show. The album, according to the review written by Okky de Souza (journalist/editor from “Veja”, major brazilian weekly magazine), brings as result “the best of two worlds: the traditional childish imaginary adjusted to nowadays sense of hearing”. Officially released in 1998 through label Natasha Records, the album was directed, produced, arranged and executed by Tony Babalu, as well as Celele & Relala’s 2nd CD, “To Sing All Year” (“Para Cantar o Ano Inteiro”), released in 2003 through label Amellis Records. Both albums are still in catalog and are distributed by Tratore.

Celise and Regiane soon realized the necessity to abandon any personal projects to fully dedicate themselves to the work of keeping the theater season alive. From that decision on succeeded the impressive sequence of 14 consecutive years in exhibition, without any breaks or cast changes, achievement that, according to major brazilian newspaper ‘Folha de Sao Paulo’, “inserts Brazil in the level of great international stage productions of all kinds of all times, with the distinction of reaching the age range from 2 to 8 years”.

Without ever counting with any commercial exposure in the media or any public or private sponsorship, but only with non-financial support from some companies that believe in the duo’s work, “Singing Stories with Celele & Relala” became the one and only children show on permanent exhibition in Sao Paulo, being considered today by the press as a “cultural postcard of the city of Sao Paulo, for its longevity and its playful-pedagogical proposal, combined to the purest kind of entertainment”.

Discography

1998 - CD "Celele e Relala" (Natasha Records/Brazil)

2003 - CD "Para Cantar o Ano Inteiro" (Amellis Records/Brazil)

Set List

1 – Vamos Contar Até 10 (Let's Count to 10)
Author: Celise F. Melo

2 – O Cachorro (The Dog)
Author: Celise F. Melo

3 – O Ursinho (Little Bear)
Author: Celise F. Melo

4 – Tartaruga Uga-Uga (Uga-Uga Turtle)
Author: Celise F. Melo

5 – Cavalo Selvagem (Wild Horse)
Author: Celise F. Melo

6 – Sua Amizade (Your Friendship)
Authors: Celise F. Melo / Tony Babalu

7 – O Aviãozinho (Little Plane)
Author: Celise F. Melo

8 – Meu Banho (My Shower Bath)
Author: Celise F. Melo

9 – Boneca Malcriada (Ill Mannered Doll)
Author: Celise F. Melo

10 – Coraçãozinho (Little Heart)
Author: Celise F. Melo

11 – Bruxa Má (Bad Witch)
Author: Celise F. Melo

12 – Rainha Maravilhosa (Wonderful Queen)
Author: Celise F. Melo

13 – Sorria Bruxa Má (Smile, Bad Witch)
Author: Celise F. Melo

14 – Tchau Tchau (Bye Bye)
Author: Celise F. Melo