I sang this song yesterday morning at the memorial for my late Brazilian mother, may she rest in peace. I grew up listening to this album, along with the entire opus of the brilliant vocalist, Elis Regina.
This 1940s samba march was resurrected in the early 1970s and transformed by the incomparable Elis into this elegant samba jazz number. It was during a time when she and that entire Brazilian nation were chafing under the CIA-installed military dictatorship.
Elis was one of the finest singers of the 20th century and I was lucky enough to see her perform live, in one of the greatest one-woman shows I’ve ever seen.
You probably don’t know anything about Brazil but I’ll tell you this:
- The last Speaker of the House is now serving 15 years in prison.
- Roughly 40% of the Brazilian Congress is currently under prosecution.
- The criminal indictments of about 5 past Presidents of Brazil are now actively being investigated.
I call Brazil the “UFO of countries”, because if the people of the US knew that an entire legislative branch and past members of the executive branch of a continent-sized country, with one of the world’s largest GDPs and the only other country country on Earth besides the US, which is 100% self-sufficient, from the point of view of energy, to food* the industrial production of everything were under investigation by a judicial branch that actually executes its Separation of the Powers, it might give the American people some ideas.
It might even give the United States DOJ some ideas!