(PRESS RELEASE) LONDON, 28-Sep-2022 — /EuropaWire/ — After “Love is a revolutionary act”, Brazilian singer-songwriter Chico César once again highlights this essential feeling in his new album “Vestido de Amor”. Touring Europe, the musician makes a single performance in London on October 8, at the Islington Assembly Hall, brought to the UK by Backstage Productions.
The first work produced outside the country, “Vestido de Amor” was recorded in France. The songs, composed during the pandemic, talk about the human and humanity. “We need to talk about love against barbarism,” he said. For Chico César, although there are many reasons to fight, it is possible to dance, with joy, in search of peace and fraternity.
In the album’s tracks, the artist walks through the affirmation of a mixed-race world, approaching the theme of Pan-Africanism; this time from the point of view of the African diaspora. The album has rhythms that range from Brazilian forró to Jamaican reggae, from Zaire’s rumba to Afro-Caribbean calypso, from the rural “coco” from African drumming and dances in the sugarcane mills of the former slaves of Brazil to urban and contemporary rock played around the world. Among the international appearances in the album “Vestido de Amor”, Chico César highlights the voice of Salif Keita, from Mali, and the piano of Ray Lema, from Congo, two expressive names of African music.
With a background in Journalism and as a political activist along the path of Culture, Chico César takes a stand against the homogenization of taste and aesthetic monoculture. Therefore, the varied, sophisticated and experimental rhythm is present in his creations throughout his career.
A descendant of blacks, native Brazilians and whites, his songs are also comments on his political and social experiences, especially in the troubled last years of Brazil. During the six years he spent as a public cultural manager in Paraíba, the Brazilian state with the sixth greatest social inequality, he lived with the social contradictions between “creative abundance and the relative poverty of the means of production”. The challenge of managing the Secretariat of Culture and the wanderings in deepest Paraíba, sharpened the senses of affection and creation. “I rediscovered my birthplace, including my loving representations of it, the same as always and others transformed. Thus, he diversified his production, writing from erotic poems to children’s books. During that active season, he also released the album “Estado de Poesia”.
On his journey, he makes a point of celebrating and thanking women. “They were the ones who brought me to light,” he says. He refers to the artists who gave popularity to his songs such as Elba Ramalho, Daniela Mercury, Maria Bethânia, Vania Abreu, Zizi Possi, as well as Vanessa da Mata and Juliette.
“Vestido de Amor” is the tenth album recorded in studio by the singer and composer Chico César. The production is by the Belgian Frenchman Jean Lamoot. “A journey of music made by dream, affection and desire” that takes him on tour in Europe for over a month. “She, the music, has supported me. It takes me out of Brazil and always returns me to it”, he concludes.
About Backstage Productions
Backstage Productions is an established UK company with experience in the promotion and production of concerts, theatre, projects and socio-cultural events. It has been operating in Europe since 2013 as a booking agent for a wide range of Brazilian artists, all renowned for the quality of their work.
TOUR “VESTIDO DE AMOR” – CHICO CÉSAR
Show in London October 8th – 7 pm
Islington Assembly Hall
Upper St, N1 2UD – London – UK
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