My good friend and all-around super cool lady, Valeria Matos, blessed me with this rare 7" the other day (Compacto in Portuguese). I have to admit, I had never heard of Paulo Diniz before, but when the needle dropped it was love at first sound! The combination of funky drums, strong rhythmic guitar and piano, beautiful melody, coupled with the words telling a story of a man in exile, had me hooked at once.
Durring Brazil's military dictatorship (US sponsored, of course) which spanned the 60's through the 80's, many of the country's artistic luminaries were forced into exile or were imprisoned. One of the most famous to go into self-imposed exile was Caetano Veloso, one of the founding fathers of the Tropicalia movement. This song, who's tittle translates into I want to go Back to Bahia, was dedicated to Caetano from his friend Paulo. Caetano was from Bahia and when things got to hectic in his homeland, he took refuge in London although he yearned to return to the sun and people of his home land. The chorus of the song, which is sung in English, his a nod this fact.
Thank you, Valeria, for this wonderful record and for the history behind it!
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