In 1991, Brazilian Popular Music (Música Popular
Brasileira, MPB) suffered a tremendous loss when Gonzaguinha died
in a car accident. One
of the most respected songwriters in Brazil, Gonzaguinha
left behind a legacy of songs dealing with love, life and, most importantly,
the struggle of the common Brazilian people. Although I do not particularly enjoy
compilations - they are ok if you are beginning to discover a certain
artist - this CD is actually a good product because it shows some
of Gonzaguinha's musical samba heritage.
might be familiar
with his torch songs through performers such as Maria
Bethânia, Zizi Possi, Simone and many others. Here, however, we have that inebriant
Brazilian rhythm more closely associated with Carnaval: the samba. So, let us
embark on this musical journey, and
get ready to samba!
Gonzaguinha no Samba showcases 16 songs written by Gonzaguinha covering his entire
career. The performances are solid and some even have the help
of a few of his friends: MPB-4, Marília Medalha, Fundo de Quintal
and Martinho de Vila. Since the days of Brazilian music festivals
in the 1970's, Gonzaguinha always created controversy, whether
with his sharp political and social lyrics or long melodies. Whether
singing about the plight of the Brazilian workers in "Comportamento
Geral" or narrating the Brazilian history in a humorous
exultation samba, as in "Desenredo," Gonzaguinha's
music is a portrait of Brazil. It will definitely move you, even
don't understand the words or know how to samba.
In spite of the strong social content and
frequent sarcasm in Gonzaguinha's lyrics, his music is very lively.
From the opening track, "O Que É, O Que É," the listener cannot
help but live with Gonzaguinha the promise of a beautiful day.
That song has become a classic in MPB. In "Achados
e Perdidos/Pequena Memória para um Tempo sem Memória," Gonzaguinha
takes us to a time when Brazil was still under a military government.
Gonzaguinha created a magnificent samba about those lost-and-never-found
heroes who gave their lives for a new day free from the military
government. This new day is a constant thread in Gonzaguinha's
songs. It is
no Samba with "Com a Perna no