The Pope & the King


In 1990, at a stadium in Fortaleza, the King of the Baião (Luiz Gonzaga), met Pope John Paul II. Upon entering the stadium to sing his song, others saw him about to enter and caused a stampede where 3 died and over 100 were injured. – Source (PT)

Later that year, Gonzaga made a song about the meeting.

John Travolta does Ypióca cachaça advert

Vamos Brasiliz…, oh wait, the company was sold to a British distillery last year. A PR piece on Travolta’s recent trip to Brazil said once he tried the cachaça in Los Angeles he happily agreed to promote the drink, as if no money exchanged hands. Pretty odd advert, not sure I’d want to buy it after this.

But if you’d like to know about Ypióca, (which, until recently, was) the longest-running family business in Brazil, read on.


Se Não For Amor Eu Cegue

Although I just published something on Lenine, I hadn’t heard anything new or different from him in a few years so I looked him up and found this great, rhythmic trance of a song (from his Chão disc) which I’ve had on repeat. It’s called “Se não for amor eu cegue” (basically, If it’s not love I’m blind) and the original lyrics are below. He explains the song title here.

Pode ser um lapso do tempo
E apartir desse momento acabou-se solidão
Pinga gota a gota o sentimento
Que escorrega pela veia e vai bater no coração
Quando vê já foi pro pensamento
Já mexeu na sua vida, já varreu sua razão
Acelera a asa do sorriso
Mudo colorido, viro ponto de visão

Cai o medo tolo, cai o rio
Quando a terra sai do crio eu estou perto de ti
Abre-se a comporta da represa
Desviando a natureza pra um lugar que eu nunca vi
Uma vida é pouco para tanto
Mas no meio desse encanto tempo deixa de existir
E é como tocar a eternidade
É como se hoje fosse o dia em que eu nasci

Livre, quando vem e leva
Lava a alma, leva e vai tranquila
E a pupila acessa do seu olho disse love

Bem, se não for amor eu cegue
Bem, se não for amor eu fico
Eu sigo, sigo, sigo, eu fico cego por ti

Bem, se não for amor eu cegue
Bem, se não for amor eu fico
Eu sigo, sigo, sigo, eu fico cego por ti

Eu fico cego por ti

1 million Brazilians

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(Gol Contra = Own Goal)

Even the soccer stars are not immune (Ronaldo said, “you can’t make a World Cup with a hospital”). As more than 1 million Brazilians (BBC, NYT) took to the streets of Brazil last night, Globo, of all broadcasters, put out a good 22 minute video split between the protests in Brazil and how they fit within the larger worldwide movement. About 40% of the video is in English.

In terms of some general info on the protesters, Datafolha has some data, at least for those on the streets in São Paulo.

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