Friday, January 13, 2006

Tropicália

I started feeling interest for Brazilian music after I had the chance to visit Brazil several times, and I fell in love with the places, the people, the culture...
Tropicalia is the name of a cultural movement that renewed the brazilian musical scene in the late sixties. Artists like Caetano Veloso and Gilbert Gil were born in the state of Bahia, in north-eastern Brazil, the historical heart of the country, home of the afro-brazilian culture. They started playing bossanova, being devoted fans of masters like Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto, but soon they felt the urge to bring into their musical traditions the new sounds and topics of international rock music. It was a period of great cultural and social changes and Brazil was passing trough a militar dictatorship. Gil and Veloso were considered dangerous and anarchical provokers, and they paid for it with prison and two years of exile in Europe. Right now their are considered ambassadors of Brazilian music in the world, always hovering between tradition and innovation. Veloso is still incredibly creative and Gil is the actual minister of culture.
Os Mutantes, a trio of rockers from São Paulo, represented the most psychedelic side of tropicalia, their first three albums are real masterpieces of eccentric pop, crossing many different musical styles with the support of the genial arrangements by their producer Rogerio Duprat, a musician with classical background.
I think the first video is from a festival at the Paramount Theatre in Rio de Janeiro. You can feel the tension in the social clime of those years, the most conservative part of the audience was protesting because of the hippy clothes and electric guitars used by Os Mutantes. At the same time we can see a musician playing the berimbau, typical instrument of north-eastern Brazil's folklore. Anyway Gil is able to front the situation with his charismatic presence on stage.
The Os Mutantes' clip is part of a concert performed for television in '69. This fine song was also the title of a collective compilation of tropicalia artists. You can see one of them on the clip, Tom Zé, another innovative and talented songwriter, appears among the audience, with the acoustic guitar in his hands.

Gilberto Gil And Os Mutantes - Domingo No Parque (1967)
Os Mutantes - Panis Et Circenses (1969)

I have two more clips from the Os Mutantes' concert, I hope you'll like to see them.

The password to unzip all files is: musicforyoureyes

See you

Mirco

12 Comments:

Blogger Cheval said...

I tired 2wice and keep getting "download session invalid"

1/13/2006 9:36 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

I've tried myself again now and both videos seems to be available. You have to open the 1st file (a very small one), unzip it with the password and then you'll know where to go and download the vidoes.
I'm sincerely sick of having to discuss about technical problems and not about music, everytime i change something to avoid downloading troubles, new problems appear.
All I can say is try again later...is there anyone who have downloaded the clips without problems? Please... :(

1/13/2006 10:11 PM  
Blogger Cheval said...

I do understand the download process, I have done it a few times here already. It kept linking me in circles.

1/13/2006 11:16 PM  
Blogger Denis said...

Parabéns! Mutantes é até hoje nossa maior referência de Rock nacional; o que os três fizeram no fim dos anos 60 parece ainda insuperável. Gil é outra dádiva da nossa rica cultura musical. Volte ao Brasil!!! abraços...

1/14/2006 10:43 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Obrigado Denis, nao pretendo viajar esse ano, mas un dia com certeza voltarei.

Tchau ciao :)

1/14/2006 4:04 PM  
Anonymous emanuele said...

ciao Mirco vai così, mai avrei immaginato un Gilbero Gil in questa veste! Tutto liscio come olio (l'aggiramento funziona benissimo) e un consiglio (se me lo permetti) per chi usa Mac e dovesse scompattare file ".rar": usate l' applicazione opensource UnRarX (www.unrarx.sourceforge.net)

grazie di nuovo

1/14/2006 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A thousand thanks for these treasure :)

1/15/2006 7:05 PM  
Anonymous swingalong said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog.

I'm always looking foward to your posting. Can I make a link to your blog from mine?

Very sorry for my very broken english...

1/20/2006 4:09 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Of course you can, I'll do the same with your blog, though your languange is impossible to be understood by foreign people...but I hope it will help anyway, this is a World Wide Web!
Your English is not worst than mine, I'm from Italy...

Bye, thanks a lot :)

1/20/2006 7:13 PM  
Blogger Sávio said...

Oi, Mirco. Como vai?


Muito bom o seu blog!
Se possível disponibilize os outros dois vídeos dos Mutantes que você disse que tem.

Abraços,
Sávio.

1/23/2006 4:12 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Oi Savio, tudo bem?
Boa ideia juntar os flyers num site, vou ver se ainda tenho alguns flyers de concertos punk na Italia e Europa, se vc está interessado.
Vou colocar os videos dos Mutantes, é só ter paciencia, tá.

Até.
Mirco

1/23/2006 11:40 PM  
Anonymous Marcos said...

I am Brazilian and I don´t know English very well. I think "Domingo no Parque" is one of the greatest Brazilian musics of all time, the lyric is fantastic! (glad I can understand...), I didn´t get the video but I suppose I have seen it several times. "Panis et Circenses" is also fantastic: "mas as pessoas na sala de jantar estão ocupadas em nascer e morrer".

1/29/2006 1:57 PM  

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