‘All my songs are political’

love gownNew album by Chico Caesar, which hits digital platforms on the twenty third, is purposefully embedded with Africa. And naturally. Born in Catole do Rocha, within the inside of Paraba, he is aware of that his music bathes in the identical waters that have been created by the Malians. Salif KitaOne of his visitors from the brand new work.

In reality, it was Keita who confirmed Chico that music made on the periphery of the nation may attain the frequent individuals. Ray formulationAnother visitor identified to the Brazilian that Luiz Gonzaga’s music was African in its kind.

Recorded in France on the invitation of the Zamora label, with manufacturing by French Belgian Jean Lemoot, the album options Brazilian, French and African musicians within the baseband. Foro, Jamaican reggae, Zairian rumba, calypso, cocoa and rock from Brazil’s north and northeast include genuine songs that speak about love, sensuality, encounters, post-pandemic life, politics and faith. These final two themes go collectively in reggae BolsominiansA direct criticism of supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro, whose identify Chico avoids even announcing.

Talking about no love gownA report was obtained from Chico Estadao At his house in Sao Paulo on the eve of leaving for a month-long tour of Europe. In November, it is going to be Brazilians’ flip to see a brand new present from the artist, who already has one other album virtually prepared, Beauty for usHe recorded with Argentine musicians he met in Uruguay.

Singer Chico Cesar poses for Estadao at his house in Sao Paulo Photo: Daniel Teixeira/Estadao

In the music that opens the album, Flor de Figo, you say “once more, one thing occurred to me”. What was this reunion about?

It is a self-analytical music. I say I’m open to like. And he does not love anybody. And sure to life, to be alive. It’s an excellent epidemic music. And it was she who advised me that there was a report being born. A sort of locomotive round which different songs have been organized. A brand new second for me.

You current this report as a pan-African work. Talk about this concept.

I’m of African descent, in South America, in Brazil. I feel my music has all the time had this diasporic place. And, over time, the attention that Eastern music is African music has change into stronger. The one who alerted me to this some time again was Ray Lema. He advised me: probably the most African composer in Brazil, after Luiz Gonzaga, is you. Ray defined to me that Gonzaga’s music is totally African. Asa Branca has a riff after which a chant. And that is repeated. This attribute is totally African. The consciousness of realizing that forró, coco, xaxado, baião is African music all the time offers me the peace to begin from the identical place, the African roots. And all very naturally.

You are the music companion on this new report Xangô and forró and ai.

This “ouch” is one thing like “Friday I’m going out, meet my pals and ouch”. In France, it will be equal to Oh la la. I composed this music on a small tin guitar I introduced from South Africa. Ray Lema may be very totally different from what you think about an African artist to be. He has a music diploma, is an orchestra conductor and a jazz pianist. We met within the late Nineteen Nineties. He got here to my home. I did not converse Portuguese. I did not converse English or French. We took the guitar and performed. Our conferences all the time deliver renewed pleasure. He needs to take me to deep Africa so we will carry out collectively.

You are a form of ambassador for Salif Keita in Brazil. Many individuals knew him due to the music At first look. Talk about this different visitor on the disc.

When I first heard it, I felt like I used to be listening to one thing new. A person who’s born white the place solely black individuals are born. A person with a excessive voice, who was born in a small village in Mali and who took the music from that place to a pop, city surroundings. So within the music I put him on the identical stage as Prince. It was solely after I heard Salif Keita that I used to be inspired to cease singing with a guitar and begin a band. I, Catole do Rocha, in Paraba, may converse much more powerfully to the populations residing within the cities.

music About people, which you probably did collectively, speaks of selfishness and greed, two feelings against artwork. How did she come?

She was born within the epidemic, within the kitchen of my home, with an electrical guitar. Probably after I heard Angela Merkel (former chancellor of Germany) speaking to the German inhabitants that the world goes by troublesome occasions, everybody ought to keep at house, however the nation’s authorities will help something for science initiatives and to keep away from hunger. And Brazil was getting in the wrong way to what Merkel was saying. Here it was that the federal government was an ally of the virus. I noticed that the coronavirus was not about energy, it was one thing that was above us. I imagined that the virus would match us. It was an phantasm. The first particular person contaminated with the coronavirus right here was a white particular person, who got here from Europe, who contaminated a black one that needed to go to work for this white particular person. The first particular person to die in Brazil was a black girl. The pandemic has exacerbated the social issues that existed after the invention of Brazil for teams such because the homeless, indigenous individuals, girls, the LGBTQIA+ inhabitants. For these individuals, life has all the time been an epidemic.

“The ‘Bolsominians’ are not in opposition to evangelicals, however in opposition to those that have tailored to the Christian religion”, says Chico Cesar Photo: Daniel Teixeira/Estadao

And then we bought to the music BolsominiansIn which you say “Humanity doesn’t wish to save”.

This music is typically misunderstood. She is just not in opposition to evangelicals, however in opposition to those that conform to the Christian religion. It appears that a part of the evangelical church has change into human shields for the neo-fascist military. Many evangelical pastors have written to me thanking him and saying that they are not allies of this moneylender within the temple, within the golden calf cult, in God of Arms. This is just not a part of the Christian religion. Another stage of this music is that this verse. I’m speaking about Bolsominians who do not settle for that there’s one other massive a part of the inhabitants that preaches different faiths – or no religion in any respect – and so they do not wish to be saved by them. These individuals need heaven proper right here proper now. And not later.

And talking of faith, whose wrath do you worry this music?

I’m not afraid. They need us to be afraid. They don’t settle for extra aggressive, aggressive proposals. They say: “Do they nonetheless say one thing? They have to be dancing the Siranda in Largo da Batata”. when i sing (music) the stone And I say “hearth on the fascists” is just not pacifist Siranda. I just lately had a pastor and priest on my present and requested to take an image within the dressing room. He advised me: “Congratulations on the present, I simply do not agree with the political half”. I advised him that fascism is just not politics. It is just not a matter of agreeing or disagreeing. Authoritarian sectors should perceive that libertarians have the proper to civil disobedience with a view to make society extra simply.

Some time in the past a follower requested you to keep away from politically oriented music.

He was a person! (Chico corrects). A girl will hardly ever ask me that. I just lately did a present at a union in Aracaju and the ladies went into the dressing room giddy with gratitude. It felt like I used to be in a kissing sales space. There was a person, from the left, and he advised me he was lacking (music) The king of agribusiness. Men are all the time lacking one thing. They are by no means happy. They all the time wish to say how issues needs to be. All my songs are political in nature. Since then At first look, through which the ultimate refrain is in an African language that nobody is aware of, consists. This is a political selection. And triumphant, as a result of everybody sings.

Guilherme Arantes mentioned that Brazilian music is not delirious. Zé Ramalho, in an interview with ‘Estadão’, agreed and added that present songs speak about on a regular basis romantic themes or digressions about politics. What is your opinion on this difficulty?

Guilherme’s personal speech is proof that Brazilian music is delirious. And lengthy stay delirium! If you take heed to Ava Rocha, Negro Leo, Tim Bernardes…there may be nothing extra delusional. I discover it unusual once we look again and say we had higher occasions. Then I agree with Gilberto Gil and say that the very best place is right here and now. It will not be tomorrow and it wasn’t yesterday. Each time together with his delusions and his delusions. Now it additionally made me wish to kind a band referred to as “Guilhermes Delirantes”. (Laughs). I’m an enormous fan of it! These days I used to sing with Zelia Duncan Go down the mountain (from William). Paulinho Mosca, who’s a bit of youthful than me, did not know.

“Brazilian music has delirium. And lengthy stay delirium!” Photo: Daniel Teixeira/Estado

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