By MdC Suingue
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In this episode we were still in the middle of elections in Brazil, but some days all you want is to listen to music, full stop. Too absorbed with work and information pouring from every side, we didn’t even feel up to seriously exploring new material.
Just a nice and comfortable varied playlist with loads of nice tracks to warm up our hearts...
Our vids of the week are:
1- A rare live version of Júpiter Maçã’s classic ‘Lugar Do Caralho’ (1996) recorded in 2009, ten years after Júpiter, the iconic rocker from Rio Grande do Sul deceased in 2015, changed his name to Jupiter Apple. In this TV show there certainly was a problem with his monitor speaker and he is well out of tune, so give the guy a break. ‘Lugar do Caralho’ describes the ideal bohemian spot for Jupiter: “it must have nice people, nice music and cheap beer” and yes, people prone to taking some LSD...
2- A beautiful acoustic version of ‘Preta Yaiá’ by Xênia França recorded for Quintal video channel
3- Alessandra Leão joined two traditional ritual chants - one from Babassuê of Belém de Pará and the other a chant to Xangô from Recife - to compose the track ‘Doutrina e Toque De Yemanjá’ for her EP Pedra de Sal from 2014. As Yemanjá is the sea ‘orixá’ the director Martim Simões built the clip with vintage archive footage exploring the theme.
4- Until recently rap had the reputation of an all-male culture, but in recent years we saw the rise of many female and LGBT+ stars. But poetry has no gender bias and Quebrada Queer shows in their video Pra Quem Duvidou (Prod. Apuke Beat) that besides delivering a message of confrontational resistance they have a lot to bring in terms of aesthetics for the industry.
5- “Pas De Deux” is the clip by Thiago Pethit directed by Vera Egito and Renata Chebel.
From his album ‘Estrela Decadente’ from 2014. Try to spot him in the video. Spoiler: he is NOT Laura Neiva, ok? :-)
BUT FIRST THE PLAYLIST:
Júpiter Maçã - "Um lugar do caralho"
Xênia França - Preta Yaiá
Alessandra Leão - Doutrina e Toque de Yemanjá
Quebrada Queer - Pra Quem Duvidou
Thiago Pethit - Pas de Deux
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
By MdC Suingue
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Sometimes in life we find ourselves in a crossroads of history. Sometimes we don’t even notice there is a crossroads, sometimes it’s so clear and obvious that it scares us.
We feel paralized.
If we take the wrong turn there is no way back without a lot of struggle, suffering and even risk of death.
We know what is the right path, we shout and scream to the crowd moving in the wrong direction, but they seem deaf and blind.
The choice Brazil is facing in this 2018 Presidential Elections are cristal clear:
Democracy or dictatorship.
Civilization or barbarism.
Human rights or death squads.
Civilian government or Military coup.
Freedom of speech or censorship.
Religious freedom or fundamentalism.
It is obvious that the CAS crew has chosen its side in that struggle, but in our 468th episode we open our mics for our listeners around the globe to have their say. People who have learned to love Brazil, its culture and its people through learning the rhythms, the poetry and the beauty we are able to produce as a society. They are more than entitled to have their say especially as some of them have only recently stood before similar crossroads. Let’s hope Brazil can hear their voice as a voice from the future.
Lots os great music, some made specifically for this moment in history, somo reminding us of things we should not forget. If you love Brazil and its cultural diversity, help us spread the word.
1- the amazing new samba that will represent Mangueira in 2019, guaranteed to lift up the voices at Sapucay next carnival, for its beauty and political meaning in this delicate time we are living in Brazil
2- Leci Brandão os not just a talented singer and composer. She is also Congress woman re-elected last week to continue her work representing the afro-brazilian population, the youth, the ‘quilombolas’, the indigenous people and LGBTs. In this show we play a classic of her repertoire, Zé Do Caroço, that talks about the rise of a popular leader in a favela.
3- Ju Dorotea is a newcomer at the CAS family that came from the prolific Volta redonda scene. She is rapper as every rapper should be: articulate, activist, a mover and shaker in her neighborhood, working with kids and passing on the resistance tradition of the true rap.
4- Many artists are not afraid to take sides and voice their views with music. Juliano Muta is from Recife and brought to us this song about the moment we are living in our country
5- To fight fascism we have to be in the same side with those who represent democracy. José Demóstenes (Pouca Chinfra) and Bruno Lins (Fim de Feira) composed this song to help Fernando Haddad campaign.
6- A group of artists from Sergipe got together to declare that the true artist do not vote for fascists with the song ‘SOMOS DEMOCRACIA (Artista Não Vota em Fascista)’. This song was sent by Diane Veloso and Alex Sant'anna who also sent the song O Ódio that is also played in the CAS 468.
7- And last, but not the least, the lyric-video of the parody 13 Evidências, adopted from a Chitãozinho & Chororó big hit.
BUT FIRST THE PLAYLIST:
Mangueira 2019 - Histórias Pra Ninar Gente Grande
Leci Brandão - Zé do Caroço
Ju Dorotea - Adelante
José Demóstene and Bruno Lins
SOMOS DEMOCRACIA (Artista Não Vota em Fascista)
CAS Cafundó was recorded a week after a long chat with Maga Bo at Caipirinha Libre 128.
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For the show in Spanish we didn’t have a way to properly set up his gear in the studio, so we’ve just played tracks from some of his projects with his label Kafundó Records while he told us all about his trajectory from USA to Arpoador-Rio and also about his methods of collecting music around the world.
In the Caipirinha Appreciation Society show he brought his equipment and made a live mix in the studios of Rádio Contrabanda. And we had a little chat about his work, obviously.
Our suggested videos this week are:
1 - the distopic fiction clip ‘No Balanço da Canoa’ by Maga Bo with Rosangela Macedo and Marcelo Yuka
2- a live performance by Afrocidade at the TV show Cultura Livre with the song Que Suingue É Esse
3 - the crazy Paredão by Omulu, who made a ‘virtual video’ promoting a street party at a GTA game, inviting his friends to take part with other gamers.
4- a very interesting ’making of’ a Maga Bo and Kafundó Records project with Coco Raízes do Arcoverde, in site. Subtitled in English.
BUT FIRST, THE PLAYLIST OF CAS 461 CAFUNDÓ
Maga Bo - No Balanço da Canoa feat. Rosângela Macedo and Marcelo Yuka
Afrocidade - Que Suingue é Esse
OMULU - Paredão
Making Of Maga Bo Apresenta Samba de Coco Raízes de Arcoverde
By MdC Suingue
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No, we are not Lula voters.
We are not PT voters.
But we are ‘legalists’ or ‘constitutionalists’.
We believe individual rights guaranteed by the Brazilian Constitution should be respected and enforced by unbiased judges.
We believe every Brazilian citizen should receive a fair trial, from Lula to Rafael Braga
We believe the law can not be adapted to suit political and economical interests.
The Brazilian Judiciary system created a whole new interpretation of the law to stop one man from running for president. Our supreme court reverted many of its previous decisions to incarcerate and prevent one Brazilian citizen from running for president. Our supreme court went to the extreme of imposing a gag order on a person who doesn’t even have a final sentence pronounced.
That’s the real reason behind the turmoil Brazil is going through now, with the risk of a nazi-fascist candidate finally completing the cycle of the military coup initiated with the impeachment of 2016.
The voices of resistance you hear in this show are the ones of the afro-descendants, of the women, of the LGBTxxxs, of the indigenous Brazilian population, of the workers, of the minorities that will be silenced and persecuted by the dark forces that are taking over Brazil. They believe Lula should have been free to run for president, and so do we. But, as things stand, all we can say is: vote for anyone you like, as long as it’s #NotHim #EleNão
To put some of the artists of our show in their context, here we present you 3 videos:
1- Chico Buarque & MPB-4 performing Apesar De Você at a TV show called ‘Ensaio’ at TV Tupi in 1971. This song was an anthem hope and resistance against oppression and censorship during the darkest times of the military dictatorship in Brasil.
2- Antônio das Mortes sung by Sergio Ricardo was part of the original soundtrack for the film ‘Deus e o Diabo Na Terra do Sol’ directed by Glauber Rocha. Here we see a clip with some scenes of Antônio das Mortes, character that was created based on a previous work by Sérgio Ricardo. Glauber is also credited for co-writing the lyrics.
3- Não Recomendados is an activist trio of singers dedicated to raise awareness about gender issues and here they perform ‘Não Recomendado’ remixed by Deep Lick in the video directed by Leandro HBL that brings us references to the emblematic 'Parangolés' created by the 60s/70s artist Hélio Oiticica.
All that right below the complete playlist of CAS 460 !
Chico Buarque & MPB-4 - Apesar De Você
Sergio Ricardo - Antônio das Mortes
Não Recomendados - Não Recomendado
In the Pink Power show we had more than a dozen female artists and a male band. No one can say we discriminate... You can check out the complete playlist below.
The main artist featured was Letícia 'Letrux' Novaes with her album ‘Letrux’. In this post we include a live vídeo where you can check her out performing live.
We also present you the amazing stop-motion clip ‘Morte e Vida Uterina’ by Paula Cavalciuk made by Daniel Bruson that only last week was shortlisted for the UKMVA 2018 in the category best animation in a video disputing neck to neck with Aphex Twins and U2...
To finish watch the clip ‘Falo’ with Carne Doce directed by Bruno Alves.
Letrux - Ninguém Perguntou por você
Morte e Vida Uterina - Paula Cavalciuk
Carne Doce - Falo