Magazine article New Internationalist

Favourites: 60 Years On

Magazine article New Internationalist

Favourites: 60 Years On

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by Chico Buarque

(Wrasse Records WRASS 112 CD)

The carnival quality of Chico Buarque's suave songs about love and life may have got many Brazilians sambaing in the street, but the generals weren't joining in with their military two-step. Ever alert to the subtexts of Buarque's lyrics - the wonderful party of 'Tanto mar' (Sea of plenty) was, in fact, the Portuguese Revolution, while the parade of 'A Banda' (The Band) was an attack on Brazil's ultraconservatives - the military dictatorship set about banning Buarque with a special zeal. Often it was a game of cat-and-mouse as Buarque tried to slip songs under the censorship radar. Often he failed - and when you hear the force of 'Vai Passar' (I Will Pass) or 'Apesar de Voce' (In Spite of You) you understand why.

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A singer who came into the limelight in the early 1960s, Buarque was briefly imprisoned and then exiled. …

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