Mother and Music: Tati Salvator, Silvia Nakkach, Dinize Wales, and Joseh Garcia

Do you remember your mother singing or listening to music at home? How did you experience your mother’s favorite Brazilian songs? In order to celebrate our love for our mothers on this Mother’s day, the Sounds Brazilian blog decided to share precious musical memories that some respected San Francisco Bay Area (USA) artists, educators, and music professionals have of their mothers and Brazilian music.  The anecdotes below are illustrated with photos and wonderful music videos.

Tati Salvator

Tati Salvator and her painting

Tati Salvator is a Brazilian visual artist whose art flourishes in beauty and playfulness. Her art carries vibrant colours and takes inspiration from her vivid experiences growing up in Brazil, and is also influenced by her spiritual values and yoga practices.  Art in Tati’s Continue reading

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Mãe e música: Tati Salvator, Silvia Nakkach, Dinize Wales e Joseh Garcia

Você lembra de sua mãe cantando ou ouvindo música em casa? Como você experimenta as canções brasileiras preferidas de sua mãe? Para celebrar o nosso amor a nossas mães, neste Dia das Mães, o blog Sounds Brazilian decidiu compartilhar com vocês algumas das memórias musicais preciosas que alguns respeitados artistas, educadores e profissionais da música da região costeira de San Francisco (EUA) têm de suas mães e da música brasileira. As estórias abaixo são ilustradas com fotos e maravilhosos vídeos de música.

Tati Salvator

Tati Salvator and her painting at Firewood, Pleasanton, CA.

Tati Salvator é um artista plástica brasileira cuja arte floresce em beleza e jovialidade. Sua arte traz cores vibrantes, e tem inspiração em suas vívidas experiências de sua infância no Brasil, e também é influenciada por seus valores espirituais e práticas da Ioga. Continue reading

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What do Karate, João Gilberto, and Caetano Veloso have in common? – Bossa Nova

music-head-converted copy_edited-1Caetano Veloso, the internationally aclaimed Brazilian singer/songwriter and fan of Bossa Nova, continues to experiment with different sounds and melodies in his recent album Abraçaço. His latest tune is a homage to Bossa Nova. The lyrics eloquently speak of the power of this music genre surprisingly reffering to Brazilian MMA fighters, Bob Dylan, Carlos Lyra, and of course its creator João Gilberto, named as “the warlock of Juazeiro (João’s hometown)”.  Many listeners were surprised that Caetano could find similarities between an agressive sport and the gentle bossa nova. In a recent interview to the Brazilian newspaper ‘O Globo’, caetano says: “Everybody thinks that bossa nova is birds, blue sea, sweet, and soft, but it is not. It is a gesture of great combative power and it was lived consciously by its inventor.” In order to clarify the connection between combative power and this music genre, it is good to remember that João Gilberto himself defines his own style of playing Continue reading

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Celebrating Earth with Brazilian Music

gaia__earth_day-500x333Earth, Terra in Portuguese, our beloved planet, home-spaceship that offers life to us. Colourful, abundant, and giving, the planet is suffering from our unconsciousness and short-sited view of our egotistic actions. Collectively, we are threatening life on this planet and bringing the ecosystem to a collapse. Our present consicousness is being challenged and we need to change our relationship with Earth from one of subject-object to a one of respect and harmony.

On April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day and it is my hope that we will develop our connection to a wiser aspect of ourselves and start to make more conscious decisions which take into consideration the impact our actions have on Mother Planet and life on a day-to-day basis!

There are several Brazilian songs that offer some awareness to our relationship to the Planet. Please take a look at the videos below. These are selected songs that you may enjoy and may offer some space for reflection on our own relationship with Earth. Continue reading

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Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual love in Brazilian Music

cropped-postal-diversidade-sexualFor the past two weeks Brazilian citizens have been outraged by the choice of politician Marco Feliciano to preside over the Commision of Human Rights and Minorities in the Chamber of Deputies in Brazil. Marco Feliciano is known for his homophobic, racist, and misogynist views, and his presence in such an important position threatens all Brazilians who would like our country to grow in  equal rights. Since then, protests demanding his renunciation have spread in different cities across Brazil and outside the country.

If Brazilian politics has space for opposing voices in the human rights battle, so does Brazilian music. There have been several Brazilian songs that reflect homophobia and racism and there is also plenty of Brazilian music  expressing a very open and inclusive perspective on sexual diversity.

Take a look at the songs below. I selected some that celebrate sexual diversity, and that cast away homophobia and the fear of differences. Continue reading

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Amores Gays, Bissexuais e Transsexuais na MPB: celebrando a diversidade sexual

cropped-postal-diversidade-sexualEstá gerando bastante confusão a recente escolha do deputado Marco Feliciano como presidente da Comissão de Direitos Humanos e Minorias da Câmara de Deputados.  Convocado para proteger minorias e direitos humanos, ele parece estar mais interessado em defender os “direitos cristãos”. Acusações de homofobia e racismo estão colocando sua posição em questionamento e gerando protestos online e em várias cidades brasileiras. 

Se a política brasileira inclui vozes raivosas contra orientações sexuais diferentes, a música popular brasileira também não fica atrás. Na sua história, encontram-se canções de caráter homofóbico e racista. Porém a MPB também apresenta significativamente vários hits, ao longo das décadas, que oferecem uma posição mais aberta e acolhedora da diversidade sexual.

Dê uma olhadinha abaixo nesta seleção de músicas que celebram a diversidade sexual e espantam a homofobia  e o medo da diferença. Continue reading

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Quem é a mulher de acordo com compositoras da MPB?

Mulher violaoA mulher já foi bastante decantada pela música popular do Brasil de várias formas. Seja para enaltecê-la ou para desvalorizá-la. Muitas têm sido as expressões musicais, porém em grande parte, advindas de compositores homens. Mas como é mesmo que a artista brasileira vê a sua condição de ser mulher?

Selecionei abaixo algumas conhecidas canções de compositoras  que refletem sobre o feminino.

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