May 25, 2021 ~ On the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, let’s all sing and dance with Clarissa Bruns and Grazzi Brasil, “Todo Mundo é Negro,” the whole world is Black. Mother Africa is mother of us all.
We drum, sing and dance to wash away the pain. It’s how we survive. And we invite the whole world to drum, sing and dance with us.
Listen for the last word of the song.” Obrigado Clarissa é Grazzi. Muito legal! Ashé 🇧🇷
- Clarissa Bruns, composer and vocals
- Grazzi Brasil, vocals
- Fernanda Porto, music director and keyboards
- Julião Boêmio, cavaquinho (small Portuguese guitar)
- Márcio Rosa, percussion
- Renan Bragatto, bandolim (a lute used in Brazilian choro Carnival music)
- Vinícius Chamorro, violins
Postscript: We saw social media about how proud the Brazilians are of Clarissa and Grazzi. New York City is proud to be Brazilian too!
Clarissa Bruns is an award-winning MPB (Brazilian pop) singer from Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. She sent us this song and we loved it. It feels like bossa nova at the beginning, but opens its wings into a lovely samba. We cannot sit still listening to Clarissa and Grazzi sing.
So “Todo Mundo é Negro.” The whole world is Black. It’s true. The entire human race is from Africa, and Brazil has the world’s largest African diaspora. When Clarissa and Grazzi sing together, we become one in the samba.
Clarissa and Grazzi sing about Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art disguised as a dance. Capoeira isn’t just a fight or a dance. It is a cultural manifestation of the spirit of Brazil. It is Jeitinho, the Brazilian way of making things work out. The same Brazilian spirit is in the samba and futebol (soccer). Clarissa Bruns and Grazzi Brasil are jeitinho singing.
Tenho saudades do Brasil…