Brazil - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 10 - 08/18/97
Winner of the prestigious Sharp Award (the Brazilian equivalent of
the Grammy) for Revelation of the Year, Daúde debuts in the
world market with a very strong release. Drawing strongly from her
northeastern roots in Bahia, home of great composers such as Caetano
Veloso and Carlinhos Brown, Daúde mixes folkloric styles, such
as repente (or improvisation), with a variety of styles
characteristic of both Brazilian and world music. Daúde
is very Brazilian and yet has tremendous world appeal.
The opening track, Quatro Meninas (Four Girls), finds
Daúde rapping with repente artist Miguel Bezerra.
Daúde herself is responsible for an unprecedented adaptation
of this well-known public domain song. The sounds of a
berimbau (a string bow instrument from Bahia) and accordion
give a perfect flavor of northeastern Brazilian regional music. With
that track, the scene is set for the musical landscape that
Daúde will explore throughout this release. In Patativa do
Assaré's Vida Sertaneja (Countryside Life), a portrait
of the hardships and joys of the hinterlands of Brazil is painted.
The choral response is reminiscent of the macumba chants in
Afro-Brazilian tradition. The rhythm structure evokes the cadenced
drumming of maracatú, another music and dance form
traditionally present during the Carnaval season in northeast Brazil.
With Jorge Ben Jor's classic hit Chove Chuva (Rain Rain),
Daúde switches her journey to Brazilian popular music
(commonly referred to as MPB). That theme will continue with Caetano
Veloso's Marinheiro Só (Lonely Sailor) and Objeto
Não Identificado (Unidentified Object), a song made famous
by Gal Costa. With Carlinhos Brown's Véu Vavá
(Ol' Vavá), Daúde pays a tribute to her father, one of
the members of the famous group Timbalada. It is the same song that also
appears in a funky extended dance remix at the end of the album,
culminating this musical amalgam.
Whether singing MPB, repente, reggae as in Hoje Eu Quero
Sair Só (Today I Want to Go Out Alone), or
baião as in Anna, Daúde's music is
universal with her unique singing style. Her voice adapts to the
various genres like a chameleon. The uniting force behind all of this
can only be the work of a diva. Like any diva, Daúde is at
ease with whatever she sings. Like a Brazilian diva, Daúde
takes Brazilian and world music to a new height.
Copyright © 1997 Egídio Leitão