One of my all time heroes in samba is Bezerra da Silva.
Through the use of a popular samba rhythm called ‘pagode’, Bezerra
da Silva’s ‘Violência gera violência’ ( violence generates violence )
expresses demand for political and social justice. In the voice of public
figures such as a police inspector, a government bureaucrat and a garbage
collector, Bezerra captures and translates the popular mood on a variety
of themes: elections, religion and drugdealers are a few of these.
The song ‘Raiva de tudo’ ( rage of everything ): I see human justice/
selling our conscience/ absolving the rich and blaming the poor’ is a good
example of Bezerra da Silva’s peculiar combination of humor and political
protest. ‘Filho da mãe solteira’ ( son of a single mother ) and ‘Candidato
Caó Caó are other interesting songs on this LP which displays Bezerra’s
always great taste in samba. One of his older albums you’ll find here .
In our samba section, below left, we’ve got plenty related material.
1 Candidato caó caó
2 Feitiço da tião
3 Vida de operário
4 O juramento jurou
5 Pobre compositor
6 Transação de malandro
7 Violência gera violência
8 Raiva de tudo
9 Samba manifesto
10 Povo da Colina
11 Bom Jesus de Nazareno
12 Filho de mãe solteira