Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Review - Chico César

Artist: Chico César

Posted on Tue, Aug 15, 2000 at 4:00 AM

Over the past five years, Chico César has revitalized Brazil's pop scene. A brilliant poet with a remarkable musical gift for creating infectious melodies, César is a unique talent. Armed with a quirky nasal voice, he takes touches of reggae, Bahian and northeastern Brazilian rhythms and has created some of Brazil's most memorable hits in years. This new offering features the best from two of César's local Brazilian releases, Beleza Mano and Cuzcuz Cla. It includes many of César's classics, such as "Mama Africa," a song that has now become almost a national Brazilian anthem. The cut is trademark Chico César, mixing folklore, social commentary and poetic lyrics with infectious Brazilian pop music.

With César's first North American release, it seems only a matter of time until audiences here wake up and learn what Brazilians have known for years: Chico César is one of the world's great songwriters.

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