Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Moro no Brasil, by Mika Kaurismäki (2002)

   We follow the finnish director on his discoveries of brazilian music. He visits Pernambuco, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro.

   In Pernambuco, he shows côco, maracatu, embolada. He visits small towns and goes to the public street market in Caruaru. He interview the players of pífano and the instrument makes. He interviews a young musitian that has been bringing traditional music to a younger audience, as part of the mangue beat movement.

   In Bahia, drums percussion from the slums and the amazing voice of Margareth Menezes and the trio elétrico music on the street of Salvador.

   In Rio, we visit Wilson Alfaiate and the Velha Guarda da Mangueira. The samba school and the modern touches on the samba receipe. Seu Jorge gets nice attention and we get to learn some more on Ivo Meirelles and Funk'n'lata and hear their music.

   Overall nice music for the short time and richness of the theme. But the presence of the author and his anoying english accent is fairly unecessary.



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