Watched a great documentary from BBC about Brazilian music.
“Filmed at Brazil’s massive carnival celebrations, in the lawless favelas, the extraordinary maracatu ceremonies of the northern countryside, and in the music clubs of Salvador and Rio, these three, hour-long films chronicle Brazilian music from the birth of samba right through to the hip-hop, baile and funk scenes.”
I highly suggest viewing the website about this documentary. It is a great companion to the documentary and in general quite informative on Brazilian music.
The stories here are so inspiring. Not that hardships and life’s existence weren’t dealt with in music in other countries, but Brazil’s music largely centers on its people – where they were/are, what they were/are going through, their hopes and dreams. Art at its best – changing the world. The music has had a great impact in many other countries for several generations with many modern musicians citing various Brazilian music such as Bossa Nova and Tropicália as great influences upon their work. Legends such as Carmen Miranda, Joao Gilberto, Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Elis Regina, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Os Mutantes are movingly covered with interviews of the artists that were still around when the documentary was made (released in 2007.)
Some of my favorite Brazilian Music:
(The words to this are so beautiful and poetic.)
And more recently,