Monday, November 16, 2009
República Federativa do Brasil
Brazil, not just an eccentric Terry Gilliam movie, but a whole country below the equator! Who knew!? Well, I've obviously been doing my research and in Brazil they speak Portuguese, which is called by many linguists the most beautiful language in the world. SO, you listeners are in for a treat, because this is my musical exploration week of B R A Z I L. I have to use my go-to man for an introduction: Gilberto Gil. The song sounds beautiful as you can imagine and it is called Ele Falava Nisso Todo Dia. It was ecorded in 1968 and it's lively as ever. Gil was a leading artist in the Tropicalia or Tropicalismo movement that transformed his country. He was a bossa nova musician with a James Brown soul and a lust for Jimi Hendrix's guitar. I suggest you give him more than this one listen because he's a buoyant and refined artist (with strong political involvement) that continues to ignite interest.