Apr 19, 2016

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Hello, how did things go so wrong in Brazil? The answer is variously to be found in global economic change, the personality of the president, the PT’s embrace of a corrupt system of party finance, the scandal that exploded as that system was exposed, and the dysfunctional relationship of the Brazilian executive and legislature. The PT itself, once the country’s least corrupt party, chose to solve its financial problems by dipping into a trough of money diverted from Petrobras, the national oil company. Its coalition allies, and other parties, joined in.

The PT was a real party, with a mass base across the country, a coherent ideology, an apparently strong moral sense – characteristics that other political formations largely lacked. Lula’s social policies brought him and the PT immense popularity, re-election for a second term, and helped his successor, Dilma Rousseff, to convincing victories in 2010 and 2014. Since then the story has grown darker and darker until it reached a dismal low point on Sunday when the lower house of Congress voted to impeach her. The president herself has not been implicated in the Petrobras scandal. The grounds for her impeachment are that she manipulated state funds ahead of the last election – not much more than a misdemeanour by Brazilian standards. But almost all those involved in impeaching her are suspected of corruption, including Eduardo Cunha, the speaker of the lower house. Meanwhile radicalisation and intolerance in the country have reached a very dangerous point.

Today, one of Brazil's greatest jazz and ballad singers of the 1960s and '70s, a highly-regarded but tragic artist who was something like her country's version of Edith Piaf. She hosted a popular television show ("O Fino Do Fino") and used her fame to boost the careers of many of the best new Brazilian composers of the era. Before her untimely death at the age of thirty-six, she was widely regarded as Brazil's greatest living popular vocalist. She was noted for her vocalization, as well as for her personal interpretation and performances in shows... .....N'Joy

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Elis Regina was born in Porto Alegre, where she began her career as a singer at age 11 on a children's radio show, O Clube Do Guri on Rádio Farroupilha. In 1959, she was contracted by Rádio Gaúcha and in the next year she travelled to Rio de Janeiro where she recorded her first LP, Viva a Brotolândia (Long Live Teenage Land) and her second LP, "Poema", employing a number of popular musical styles of the era.

She won her first festival song contest in 1965 singing Arrastão (Pull The Trawling Net) by Edu Lobo and Vinícius de Moraes, which, when released as a single, made her the biggest selling Brazilian recording artist since Carmen Miranda. The second LP with Jair Rodrigues, Dois na Bossa, set a national sales record and became the first Brazilian LP to sell over one million copies. Arrastão by Elis also launched her career for a national audience, since that festival was broadcast via TV and radio. For the history of Brazilian music, the record represented the beginning of a new musical style that would be known as MPB (Música popular brasileira or Brazilian Popular Music), distinguished from the previous bossa nova and other preceding musical styles, although samba is very much at its core. Most of her entire 20 year recorded discography is still available.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, along with Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Elis Regina helped to popularize the work of the tropicalismo (Tropicália) movement, recording songs by musicians such as Gilberto Gil. Her 1974 collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Elis & Tom, is often cited as one of the greatest bossa nova albums of all time, which also includes what many consider the all-time best Brazilian song, "Águas de Março". She also recorded songs by Milton Nascimento, João Bosco, Aldir Blanc, Chico Buarque, Guinga, Jorge Ben, Baden Powell, Caetano Veloso and Rita Lee. Her nicknames were "furacão" ("hurricane") and "pimentinha" ("little pepper"), opening a window on both her singing style and personality.

She sometimes criticized the Brazilian dictatorship which had persecuted and exiled many musicians of her
generation. In a 1969 interview in Europe, she said that Brazil was being run by "gorillas". Her popularity kept her out of jail, but she was eventually compelled by the authorities to sing the Brazilian national anthem in a stadium show, drawing the ire of many Brazilian Leftists. She was later forgiven because they understood that, as both a mother and daughter, she had to protect her family from the dictatorship at any cost. Along with many other artists Elis was living each verse of Geraldo Vandré's political hymn: Yet they make of a flower their strongest refrain, And believe flowers to defeat guns. While her earlier records were mostly apolitical, from the mid-'70s on her music became more engaged, and she began to choose compositions and structure her conceptually complex live shows in ways as to criticize the military government, capitalism, racial and sexual injustice and other forms of inequality. Lyrics to songs recorded towards the end of her career carried overt socialist leanings, and in 1980, she joined the Workers' Party.

Her rendition of Jobim / Vinicius' song "Por Toda A Minha Vida" appeared on the soundtrack to the 2002 movie Hable con Ella (Talk to Her) directed by Pedro Almodóvar and her song "Roda" appeared on the soundtrack to the 2005 movie Be Cool.

Elis married twice and gave birth to three children. Her first marriage was to Ronaldo Bôscoli in 1967. She gave birth to a son, João Marcelo Bôscoli, in 1970. She later married her long-time collaborator, pianist/composer/arranger César Camargo Mariano, and had two more children with him: Pedro Camargo Mariano in 1975, and Maria Rita in 1977. The three children all later became musicians and/or producers. After many years of complete obscurity, Maria Rita became a national singing sensation after a lengthy marketing campaign, like her mother, winning three Latin Grammies for her debut eponymous CD. João Marcello Boscoli, owner of the Trama recording company, produced the first Elis Regina DVD allowing many of her fans to see her performing for the first time. The DVD was a recording of a 1973 Brazilian TV show featuring songs, Elis' running commentary introducing each song, and an interview. Pedro Camargo Mariano most recently sang with his father, the brilliant pianist and arranger César Camargo Mariano, on a Latin Grammy–nominated CD called "Piano & Voz" (Piano and Voice). More DVDs of Elis Regina performances have subsequently been released.

Elis Regina died at the age of 36 in 1982, from an accidental cocaine, alcohol, and temazepam interaction. More than 15,000 people, among friends, relatives and fans, held her wake at Teatro Bandeirantes, in São Paulo, with large groups of fans singing her songs. More than 100,000 people followed her funeral procession throughout São Paulo. She was buried in Cemitério do Morumbi.

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This early 60s recording captures the 17 year old Porto Alegre-city singer Elis Regina making her second trip north into the studios of Rio De Janeiro after her first successful recording, "Viva a Brotolândia" (Long Live Teenage Land) and she is AWESOME. Clearly the producers and the singer were on the verge of something big, since she was showing great potential. Indeed two songs show she was musically mature well beyond her years. Four years later at age 21, Elis Regina, after singing Edu Lobo's legendary "Arrastão" at a nationally broadcast songwriting contest and co-hosting a popular show with Jair Rodrigues, would become the biggest singing star in Brazil, smashing Carmen Miranda's best-selling song record, and becoming a dominant force in helping create "Música Popular Brasileira" (MPB), a mixture of popular, folk, and jazzy elements that was new and is still going strong in 2014. She also elevated the careers of many composers during her lifespan, cut short by a tragic accident. But this is a big part of where it started, before she became "O Furacão" (The Hurricane).

In front of various musical groups ranging from small combos to orchestras with full strings and vocal choruses, a youthful, daring Elis delivers powerhouse, captivating performances, over and over. From sambas, cha chas, bossa novas, tangos, waltzes, and mambos, to familiar American rock ballads of the 60's, she rises gloriously above each song. The producers spared no expense on lavish arrangements and excellent musicians. High points are "Poema" and "Confissao", among others. But the 'piece d'resistance' is the stunningly gorgeous tango-like "Cancao De Enganar Despedida" with it's breathtaking violin background

Elis Regina - Poema De Amor  (flac  205mb)

01 Poema 3:12
02 Pororó-Popó 1:55
03 Dá-me Um Beijo (É Per Sempre) 3:20
04 Nos Teus Lábios 2:24
05 Vou Comprar Um Coração 1:50
06 Meu Pequeno Mundo De Ilusão (My Little Corner Of The World) 2:34
07 Las Secretarias 2:50
08 Saudade É Recordar 2:17
09 Pizzicati Pizzicato 3:11
10 Canção De Enganar Despedida 3:25
11 Confissão 2:00
12 Podes Voltar 3:29

Elis Regina - Poema De Amor    (ogg   72mb)

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Arguably Elis Regina's best early album, 1968's Elis Especial has her accompanied by an uncredited, relentlessly swinging piano trio. The sound quality could be better, but by the end of the first song "Samba do Perado," you won't care anymore -- you'll be blissfully tapping your foot. Also included are two lengthy tributes, one to Tom Jobim and the second to the Rio neighborhood of Mangueira.

Elis Regina - Elis Especial (flac 172mb)

01 Samba Do Perdão 3:26
02 Tributo A Tom Jobim 5:00
(Vou Te Contar-Fotografia-Outra Vez-Vou Te Contar)
03 De Onde Vens 2:45
04 Bom Tempo 2:42
05 Da Cor Do Pecado 2:50
06 Corrida De Jangada 2:15
07 Carta Ao Mar 4:00
08 Vira-Mundo 1:33
09 Upa, Neguinho 2:23
10 Tributo À Mangueira 5:21
(Mangueira-Fala, Mangueira-Exaltação À Mangueira-Levanta, Mangueira-Despedida De Mangueira-Pra Machucar Meu Coração)

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Here the legendary Brazilian vocalist's stunning 1969 landmark London album. An amazing, unique and highly successful mix of bossa nova, MPB, swinging funky orchestral grooves and more. Elis Regina hits the London studio scene, with UK musical direction by Peter Knight (arranger for Scott Walker). Elis in London is a stunning and unique album mixing Brazilian and late 1960s British music sensibilities, from the queen of Brazilian music. Featuring definitive versions of classic tunes such as Edu Lobo's 'Upa Neguinho' as well as songs by Jorge Ben, Tom Jobim and Menescal. Elis Regina is the greatest talent ever to come out of Brazil - and this unique album was recorded at the height of her career. Brazilian musician legends Wilson das Neve's, Meirelles and Antonio Adolfo alongside an absolutely on-fire set of Britain's studio musicians creates one of the most successful meetings of musical worlds.

Elis Regina - In London (flac 212mb)

01 Corrida De Jangada 2:00
02 A Time For Love 2:15
03 Se Võce Pensa 2:54
04 Giro 2:19
05 A Volta 4:06
06 Zazueira 2:42
07 Upa Negrinho 2:17
08 Watch What Happens 2:54
09 Wave 3:17
10 How Insensitive 2:21
11 You 2:23
12 Barquinho 2:26

Elis Regina - In London  (ogg   71mb)

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Aquarela Do Brasil is a 1969 bossa nova-style jazz LP album by Elis Regina and Toots Thielemans on the Fontana Special sublabel of Philips Records. It features the Elis Cinque quintet, in a lineup with Toots Thielemans (guitar and harmonica), Elis Regina (vocals), Antonio Adolfo (piano), Roberto Menescal (guitar) and Wilson das Neves (percussion).

Recorded in 1969, during a "howling snowstorm" in Stockholm Sweden of all places, the Brazilian Super-Diva, Elis Regina, and the acclaimed jazz master, Toots Thielemans, conjured up a steaming, mid-summer Brazilian beach in the studio. Elis is on fire throughout and clearly having alot of fun! Her musical quintet, Elis Cinco, is brilliant and audibly enthusiastic. Singing with a wide range of emotions and tossing off gymnastic phrases with ease, Elis is incredible! She wields her voice like a knief, cutting quickly and deeply into each song. Toots is equally brilliant and the entire ensemble plays like old musical friends. I speak no Portuguese but this music is as clear as a crystal.

This album is so uniformly brilliant that there are too many outstanding performances by both artists to pick one. The sensuous, sultry "Barquinho" (Little Boat) is cast as an overpowering ballad performance that will slow your breathing. "Voce", the tongue twisting "Corrida de Jangada", and the sizzling "Wave" (with Elis' patented "sozinho" Afro-Brazilian tagline at the end) are new again. She totally personalizes "Aquarela Do Brasil" using the 'bridge' only and then adds the batucada "Nega do Cabelo Duro" to it, infusing it with humor and the sound of "crickets": very unique performance. And the octave-jumping tour de force of "Cantu de Ossanha" is spine-tingling great singing like no one else can do it

Toots Thielemans & Elis Regina - Aquarela Do Brasil (flac 177mb)

01 Wave 3:08
02 Aquarela Do Brasil 2:59
03 Visão 2:52
04 Corrida De Jangada 2:02
05 Wilsamba 2:08
06 Voce (You) 2:23
07 Barquinho 2:43
08 O Sonho 2:12
09 Five For Elis 1:57
10 Canto De Ossanha (Chi Dice Non De) 3:12
11 Honeysuckle Rose 2:51
12 Volta 4:28

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