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Preview: Moraes Moreira

This preview appeared in Time Out Sao Paulo (March 2011), although it may have been in a slightly different form:

Preview:  Moraes Moreira

With Moraes Moreira playing three nights at SESC Pinheiros and the national release of the film Filhos de João, March could well be the month of Os Novos Baianos. The last few years have already been something of a revival for the band, with Rolling Stone Brasil naming their 1972 album Acabou Choraré the Best Brazilian Album of All-Time and the Moreira-penned A História dos Novos Baianos e Outros Versos resulting in a reunion tour and CD. Moreira, who in the 60s was writing songs in Salvador and regularly hanging out with Caetano Veloso in the city’s bars, was one of the founding members of Os Novos Baianos, achieving huge success in the 70s once Acabou Choraré, their second album was released. The album saw the band adopt a unique mix of chorinho and samba after bossa-king João Gilberto turned up on their door-step (the album was originally going to have an electric/rock sound). This incident is the reason for the name of a new documentary about the group; Filhos de João, which is being released nationally this March. Moreira left for a solo career at the end of the 70s, essentially signalling the end of the band, and its many of the songs from this era that he will be playing at SESC Pinheiros, as well as launching a new book that looks at this period of his life.

Moraes Moreira is playing at SESC Pinheiros on March 11th (9pm), 12th (9pm) & 13th(6pm). R$30/15/7.50.

Filhos de João, Admirável Mundo Novo Baiano is in cinemas nationwide from March.

The birth of What Slater?

The time has finally arrived for What Slater? to take it’s first tentative steps into this world. Over the past two years I have written more and more and slowly improved my craft. Thankfully this has opened a few doors and led to my first articles published in print magazines, as well as simply, what I hope, is better quality in my writing.

At What Slater? I will be adding articles that I’ve written for other publications as well as adding a few notes, some things where there currently is no home but which maybe there should be. These will be little snatches of information or pictures or videos that simply don’t have anywhere else to go. Hopefully it will be a trip.

As I write this I can tell you that I currently spend most of my time working for Sounds and Colours and JungleDrums, as well as working on occasional articles for Time Out Sao Paulo, PopMatters and Latinoes. I am also currently working on articles for a couple of British magazines, which will hopefully result in my name being in print in my home country for the first time – I’ve currently only been published in Brazil.

There we go, all I have to do now is get some interesting things up on the site. I’m not sure why I’m still writing this as I’m pretty sure no-one’s even got this far, but I simply can’t stop. That is until now.