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F na Festa


  • 1. F Na Festa
    2. O Livre-Atirador E A Pegadora
    3. Assim, Sim
    4. Estrela Azul Do Cu
    5. Marmundo
    6. Vinte E Seis
    7. Nao Tenho Medo Da Vida
    8. Norte Da Saudade
    9. Maria Minha
    10. Aprendi Com O Rei
    11. Dana Da Moda
    12. Sao Joao Carioca
    13. L Vem Ela
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 41055

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel: Gilberto Gil (violao); Sergio Chiavazzoli (banjo, cavaquinho).
    Recording information: Estdio Palco, RJ (04/2010).
    Ten years after the live album Sao Joao Vivo on the same topic, Gilberto Gil again celebrates June's popular saints festivities on the buoyant F na Festa. Such festivities were brought from Portugal and became an important part of Brazilian culture, especially the cult of Sao Joao (Saint John) in the northeast region. The music associated with these festivities is typically performed with instruments brought by (or derived from) the Portuguese colons, such as the accordion, violin, triangle, cavaquinho, and sanfona. While Gilberto Gil has an international reputation as a musical revolutionary, thank to his tropicalista origins, he is also a superb classicist, as his many projects in Brazilian folk music can attest. Contrary to the aforementioned live album, F na Festa is mostly made of new compositions by Gil, rather than standards. In this respect, this brilliant collection of xotes, xaxados, and baiaos offers further proof that Gil can effortlessly match the masters of the genre as a popular composer. The first half of the album was written entirely by Gil, and it includes songs that combine the regional dances with his trademark philosophical musings, such as "Nao Tenho Medo da Vida," or with his very contemporary take on sexual liberation on the utterly delightful "O Livre-Atirador e a Pegadora" -- the album's chosen single and sure to become a Gil classic, with impish lyrics of bemused tolerance and understanding. It reads like a Stephin Merritt song minus the sordid irony, if you can imagine that. The last six tracks, on the other hand, feature a segue of four songs by other composers and two collaborations on the same spirit: simple, beautiful songs about Sao Joao, music, and love. These include a tribute to king of baiao Luiz Gonzaga, as well as a great remake of "Norte da Saudade" from Gil's 1977 masterpiece Refavela, and all are unreservedly charming, as is the entire F na Festa. True, this album may not have the ambition of Gil's best work, but it shares the quintessence of what makes him such an universal artist: the celebration of the joy of making music. Lovingly recommended. ~ Mariano Prunes

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