A story: Stokowski, Cartola, Herminio Bello de Carvalho & Carlos Drummond de Andrade

"Estou encantado e sinto-me feliz de vir ao Rio."  (I'm enchanted and feel happy about coming to Rio.) - Leopold Stokowski's only public statement, upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro in 1940. In the summer of 1940, as Hitler expanded his power over much of western Europe, the Roosevelt administration anxiously invested in the United States' "good neighbor policy"- first… Continue reading A story: Stokowski, Cartola, Herminio Bello de Carvalho & Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Sala de Recepção

Lyrics from "Sala de Recepção" by Cartola (early 1940s, recorded on Cartola II [1976]) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBeB0nZbvP4 -- Inhabited by people so simple and so poor Who have only the sun for shelter How can you sing, Mangueira? (response) Well we'll have you know we don't desire any more At night, the silvery moon, in silence, listens to our songs… Continue reading Sala de Recepção

“Mangueira, Não” and “Silenciar a Mangueira, Não”

"Mangueira, Não" by Herivelto Martins and Grande Otelo (1943) ---They destroyed Praça Onze They demolished plazas and roads, I know They can even do away with Estácio, grand old Estácio de Sá Knock down all the morros, tear down my shack But silence Mangueira, no! Mangueira was a morro born dancing samba And lived singing Mangueira was… Continue reading “Mangueira, Não” and “Silenciar a Mangueira, Não”