"Asa Branca" is a song written by Luiz Gonzaga and Humberto Teixeira in 1947. The asa-branca ("white wing") of the title is the picazuro pigeon. With its departure the desolation of the parched sertão (the arid backcountry) is complete, and the protagonist of the song, unable to make a living, must leave the sertão and his lady-love Rosinha. The song closes with his promise to return.
- Eliane Elias included the song in her 1994 album Solos and Duets.
- Raul Seixas has written an English version of the song under the title "White Wings". It has been released only after his death, in the compilation Documento from 1998.
- It has been covered by Zé Ramalho in his 2003 album Estação Brasil. It is about the droughts that often afflict the sertão of the Brazilian Northeast.
- An instrumental version appears on Ballaké Sissoko's 2013 release, At Peace, arranged by the artist for kora, and featuring frequent collaborator Vincent Ségal on cello.
Also played on the Scottish Highland bagpipes long with Brazilian surdo by macumba.
A Volta da Asa-Branca
"A Volta da Asa-Branca" (The Return of the White-wing) is a sequel to "Asa Branca". It marks the return of rain, the asa-branca, and the protagonist to the sertão. The song celebrates the return of life to the sertão, and the protagonist's reunion with Rosinha, whom he plans to marry at the end of the year.
- Oniki, Y.; Willis, E.O. (2000-11-30). "Nesting behavior of the picazuro pigeon, Columba picazuro (COLUMBIDAE, AVES)". Revista Brasileira de Biologia. São Carlos. doi:10.1590/S0034-71082000000400017. ISSN 0034-7108. Archived from the original on 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
- Angelo, Assis (2009). "As 100 Maiores Músicas Brasileiras - "Asa Branca"". Rolling Stone Brasil (in Portuguese). Spring. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
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