For Margareth Menezes, all roads lead to Gilberto Gil. Neighborhood? If we weren’t talking about one of the great voices of Brazilian music (and it’s not just axé we’re talking about), the answer could be yes. In fact, it is hers the most pop concept of the afro, her great brand.
“For me, axé is a movement, it is not established as a style, but several things”, explains the singer, who was the special guest of the program Brasil com Zeca.
Afropop is the style that I identify with, in which I can understand myself, I’m a black artist but with a pop behavior, my music is afro urban. I have this independence”
Still on Afropop, she emphasizes, it has always existed, “every time there is a black person in the pop scene, he brings his roots, the reference to nativity”.
Then, he remembers the year 1992, when he returned from a tour with American David Byrne. “I received a review, ‘here comes margara like your brazil africa pop'”. Hearing her voice, Byrne invited her to open his concerts around the world.
Authentic and very authorial, Margareth Menezes, one of the pioneers of axé music, has always composed, but the shyness of exposing her songs, in addition to her intimacy with the interpreter side, made her admirers know little of her work. Although, she admits: “Lately, people are very interested in knowing the artist’s thinking”.
darling of the new generation
Always cited as a reference in songs and records by younger singers, Margareth Menezes sees this as something linked to aesthetics.
The girls of the new generation always cite me as a reference, so I decided to bring them, these beautiful black women, to my work too”
The phrase refers to the work in which he collaborates with young names in Brazilian music, such as Majur, Luedji Luna and others. “The first time I met Iza I said, ‘It’s wonderful to see this.'”
Margareth is also a technology enthusiast in the music industry. 17 years ago, she founded Fábrica Cultural together with her partner Jaqueline Azevedo, a social organization that was born from the desire to contribute to the development of her place of origin, the Itapagipe Peninsula, on the outskirts of Salvador.
“These are actions of the heart, for the privilege I had,” he says.
It has nothing to do with welfare, but a vision of faith in the possibility of the human being, of what people are capable of. The awakening of a more positive vision”
On the eve of isolation, she was going on tour to promote her latest album — and 100% unreleased copyright — “Autêntica”, from 2019, with a full schedule until the middle of the year.
“What rescued me from pandemic depression were the lives,” he says. “We thought it would pass soon, how sad to see all of Bahia, with all its heartbeat, closed.”
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