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Music Unheard-Of

Brazil Architecture News - May 03, 2010 - 22:21   6476 views

it s a film about the importance of music in Brazil.

The clip ‘Musik unerhört‘ in English ‘music unheard-of’ gives you an overview of Brazilian music.
I’ve chosen these songs to prove the Brazilian understanding of networkand its exchange through all ways of communication and expression.
music unheard-of
The first song ‘Sei la Mangueira’ from Elza Soares from 1970 is alovely view on Mangueira, a favela where the *first Samba School* wasfounded. It is still one of the biggest today. Elza emphasizes thatlive is more than what you see. It is what you feel. Mangueira ispoetry - it seems like heaven.
In the clip you will hear another song called ‘Exaltação à Mangueira‘ (ecstasy in Mangueira) from Enéas Brites da Silva e Aloísio Augustoda Costa, 1964. Mangueira, you are so beautiful with your scenery thatnature gave to you. Everyone knows you. When you here the percussionsthan you have arrived in Mangueira.

‘Rio 40 graus’ (Rio 40 degrees) sung by Fernanda Abreu, but thecompositor is unknown is a reference to the film ‘Rio 40 graus’ (NelsonPereira dos Santos, 1955) who was the first film to present a properBrazilian film genre: *Cinema Novo* - analogue to Italian neo-realismlike ‘Roma Città aperta’ from Roberto Rossellini.
The film was prohibited for its location ‘favela’ and the title ‘Rio isnot so hot’. But the international reputation and the impulse it gaveto other South American countries made it nevertheless a successfulfilm and the censorship was neglected.
The song talks about the unequal situation in Rio de Janeiro. Who isthe owner of this district, street, house, place??? Rio is hot, amelting pot of the worst and the best of Brazil. But it is mine,because I am carioca!

The last song ‘ deixa eu falar’ (’Let me talk’ - Raimundos, 2004) is areference to the *first Bloco de Samba* ‘deixe falar’ (Let them talk,1928) which was prohibited to parade in the centre. The song (likeCarnaval spirit) is about freedom of speech and expression. The messageis coming from the street. There is no doubt about that. If I cannotexpress myself than living is not worth it.

The visual part of the clip are mainly photos I took during the ‘SemanaCultural em Santa Teresa’ (Eastern, 2005 in the district Santa Teresa)and during my visits in various favelas in Rio de Janeiro. The plansare based on data from the city of Rio de Janeiro. The photos betweenthe plans are from the book ‘Rio 40 graus’ where architects, urbanistsand sociologists talk about Rio’s urban situation.