Sunday, March 22, 2009

When The Revolution Comes...

We start with Sly & Robbie's Inner City Blues
"Rockets, moon shots
Spend it on the have nots
Money, we make it
'Fore we see it you take it"

Which reminds me of Gil Scott-Heron's Whitey On The Moon

Then the Temptations advice is to take a break from the race up the social ladder, and Common follows with the same relaxed attitude. During my time in Brazil, what bothered me the most was the prejudice on both sides of the money divide. Status is extremely important in Brazil. Bezerra Da Silva sings about the povo's (people), who are mostly perceived as delinquents and lowlifes as a whole, and reminds us that those with money aren't all they're cracked up to be. Rap Da Felicidade takes the modern approach and takes pride in the favela, and complains about those from Zona Sul, RIo's wealthier area, disrespecting them, even in the bailes, where baile funk is played. Back to with the same sentiment, Bezerra Da Silva, as a self-appointed ambassador of the favelas proclaims proudly to hail from it, and that it's full of hard working people who aren't on welfare, in case some thought it wasn't the case (I know a few).
Finally Jorge Ben takes the more romantic approach. He's in love with a princess, and he's but a pauper therefore cannot marry her, but like Jesus said, the first shall be last and the last shall be first.
To play us out, Keith Jarrett, with The Rich (and The Poor)...
I forgot my first thought of the weekend, Handsome Boy Modelling School!

A Princesa E O Plebeu
Keih Jarrett
Class System

1 comment:

tincanman said...

Your Keith Jarret was the sleeper hit of the week, I think