By MdC Suingue
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In the dark days of the 1964 dictatorship in Brazil, the military governments had a civil servant placed in all major newsrooms exclusively to censor any information that was not in line with the ‘reality’ dictated by the government’s filter of what ordinary folk were allowed to know.
Big chunks of the front and internal pages of the newspapers were censored, so some editors decided to give readers a clue that part of the news had been withdrawn: some left an empty space where the text should have been, some filled it with poetry and others with recipes.
This episode of the CAS was broadcast in mid September, before the elections that brought back the spirit of authoritarian rule. Much of what we said in the show, though not officially censored (yet), suddenly might represent real and present danger to us. We don’t know exactly what will happen, but the fact is that new laws just passed already allow for spying on citizens on and offline and make it easy to criminalize political opposition.
So until things are clearer and we can have a proper grip on just how far back into the past our new president wants to reach, we thought we should be cautious with what we post in the podcast version of the show. What better way than to apply the same method used by our veteran journalists back in the day. If you’re one for thrills, listen to the live - uncensored - broadcasts every Wednesday on bit.ly/Contrabanda at 6pm GMT+2
Our vids of the week are:
1- MPB4 singing a classic of their repertoire, Pesadelo. We couldn’t find an old live recording of this song, guess why? Because it was too subversive to be aired on TV at the time.
2- A song by Coletivo do Quadrado that was calling the coup a coup back in 2016. Over these two years the dismantling of democracy and civil rights engineered by a corrupt majority in our political and judicial system has come a long way. And the last elections proved that it is evolving towards a proper military coup - even if they refuse to name it so.
3- The video clip of the new single by Zé de Riba, the autobiographic ‘Cabra Trabalhador’ (Working Guy) featuring Carla Shinabe and directed by Douglas Cordeiro.
4- Pantera Negra by Emicida is inspired in the latest film about the Afro avenger Black Panther from the comics.
“With the claw, reason and coldness, bro
If things get heavy, the certainty is to come back
as a Black Panther (I came back)”
5- The complete recipe for 'Coxinha' - at least that version of it...
BUT FIRST THE PLAYLIST:
MPB4 - Pesadelo
Vai ter luta - Danú e as Veras (Coletivo do Quadrado)
Zé de Riba - Cabra Trabalhador feat Carla Shinabe
Pantera Negra - Emicida
How to Make Coxinha! by Hilah Cooking