Monday, December 05, 2022

Brazil: The Pain of a Silence | Facing the Death of Gal Costa

Brazil: The Pain of a Silence |  Facing the Death of Gal Costa

This is a time of tension, expectation and danger in Brazil. There is a transition between the extreme right-wing government bolsonaroThe worst and most disgusting president in the history of my devastated country is a Lula who uses all his vast experience as a negotiator to attempt to build a foundation that allows him to manage the unfortunate legacy he receives.

There are tensions over how the reformed forces that surround Bolsonaro, his family’s clan, and his gang will work to cope with his defeat. And, of course, there are plenty of new signs of the current president’s supreme folly, such as when, meeting with Lula’s elected vice president, Geraldo Alcamin, he asked to free us “from communism.”

Bolsonaro’s silence remains, a silence that only adds to the blanket of tension that covers the whole of Brazil.

But – and excuse me, my editors and my eventual readers – this is another silence I am going to deal with. Today he went on a journey without returning Gal Costa, and his silence cast a sheet of deep sadness over the Brazilian. A silence full of pain. of absence

I am from the generation that saw her emerge, beautiful, arrogant, the owner of a unique voice. I remember his first appearances, I remember the first album in which he appeared next to his countryman Caetano Veloso.

I remember how in a very short time Gal’s image and voice spread to all generations of Brazilians, who came first and those who came after me.

Very intelligent in her personal life, she has been a revolutionary on the stage when Caetano, Gilberto Gil and Chico Burque defied military censorship while in exile., And he challenged not only with his songs, but also with his attitude, his courage, in the light of cinema halls.

It encouraged new writers, gave new life to Chico’s songs, by tom jobimwith his countrymen Caetano, Gil and Bethania join the quartet “Doses Barbaros” -, knew how to be avant-garde, saving the classic songs of the past decades and decades.

It has been the sound of crystal and light, which over time the Brazilian and Brazilian people knew to interpret and describe.

I met her while she was still performing as Maria da Graca and had a premiere in So Paulo. We had almost no contact since then. things of life.

But when I learned of his departure this Wednesday, I immediately felt a cavern open in my soul. And so it will be for times to come.

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