4 Oct 2013

Uma raridade, um marco na música brasileira

Without a country in which to live, a field to plant, a love to cherish or a voice to sing, one is dead.” In Brazil: Songs of Protest, (*) Zelia Barbosa describes the hardships of plantation workers who are exploited by the landowners; of inhabitants of the slums who leave their families for work and wait for a raise they will never receive; of people forced to abandon their homes because of drought. Backed by guitar and percussion, Barbosa turns popular music into a vehicle of expression and action for the Brazilian people.

(*) No Le Chant du Monde o título é o que está na capa publicada.

Now, this LP became famous and in-demand, thanks to Kon & Amir, because they included the song "Opinião" in their "Off Track vol. 1: The Bronx".
The songs on this album are about the less fortunate in society, but not in any weepy way. Side A holds six songs about the sertão (Brazil's arid northeastern territories) and this is the folk music side with religious overtones in one or two songs, and some grimness in others.
The B side song consists of six songs inspired by Rio's favelas. "Pedro Pedreira", by Chico Buarque de Holanda, has word-play on 'esperar', which may mean both 'hope' and 'wait for', and that may summarize the contents of the favelas songs; except to say that most of them are played in a downright jazzy style.

O LP é de 1971 e tanto quanto sei não foi reeditado.
A transcrição para CD tem como é óbvio ruídos parasitas.
Mas disto há em todo o lado.


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