CRYSTAL BALL OF POP #6

Even though we’re facing such revolutionary and forward thinking times, not everyone is ready to deal with the multiple forms of expression and contemporary problems. In the beginning of this year, Brazil elected the most conservative president within the last twelve years. The shameless, homophobic, sexist and racist speeches scared most of the population during election times, and now, the government established an atmosphere where shutting down marginalized artists (who shake brazilian normative standards) is validated.

It’s August 2019 and talking about censorship seems a very distant reality for some parts of the world, but maybe for theocratic Brazil it is closer than ever.
Back in 1964 Brazil faced the Military dictatorship that arrested several artists and censored inumerous forms of expression. Artists like Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso and Chico Buarque fought this oppression through music.

In March 2019 DJ Rennan da Penha, creator of one of the biggest baile funk parties in Brazil, the Baile da Penha, was arrested in Rio de Janeiro. The police says, besides being a police “watcher” at the favelas, his music is a gateway to drug use at the parties.

Protesters say it is a racist arrest, it would be like arresting Ben Klock for playing techno in Berlin.

Now, this past month, perfomer Lin da Quebrada, travesti, and strong character in the LGBTQ movement was cancelled from the Gay Parade Joao Pessoa due to her “vocabulary”.

Meanwhile, in Brasilia, techno group Teto Preto were threatened to be taken to court if they made any political statement during a concert. Ironic, since most of their songs talk about the absurd political ongoings Brazil has faced in the last years. The nudity of the lead singer Laura Diaz was also prohibited, but an online post moved over 30 people to come on stage and support the group half naked.

This week’s playlist gathers some of the most creative contemporary brazilian artists fighting against fascism in 2019. Listen to the Playlist on Spotify. now.

Visuals & Words BERNARDO MARTINS