POR AÍ

POR AÍ

Brazilian Indians who learned the Portuguese and received
some schooling are being expelled from their lands and forced to live in
servitude closer to the cities in the South of Brazil. And they don’t enjoy
the compassionate support offered the Amazon Indians.
By

Americans can now taste the fresh sound of the latest musical Brazilian
sensation, Daúde (dah-ooh-gee). Maria Walderlurdes Costa de Santana
Dutilleux — Daúde comes from her little brother inability to pronounce
her name made up by the names of her parents Waldemiro and Lourdes — is
from musical-talent-rich Bahia, and she has been making waves and getting
critical praise not only in Brazil, but also in Japan and Europe where
Daúde’s album held a steady place for two months on the World Charts.

Her sound is a mix of soul, hip hop, funk, bossa nova, samba, and Northeastern
rhythms. Tinder Records is releasing the singer’s debut album, Daúde,
the same CD that sparked the singer’s career in Brazil and earned her the
Sharp Award (the Brazilian Grammy) for Revelation of the Year. "The
disc," wrote The Beat magazine, "with its feverish dance
shakedowns interspersed with pensive numbers, is no doubt one of the year’s
greatest revelations." To get the CD or more information call (800)
900-4527.

The Ambassador Stays

Speculations about the impending return to Brazil of Brazilian ambassador
in Washington, Paulo Tarso Flecha de Lima, 63, seem to be unfounded. The
rumors became more insistent after several of Flecha de Lima’s close advisors
were transferred to posts in other countries. Besides, the ambassador had
a series of health problems in 1995, including a stroke in August and two
brain surgeries. According to the embassy, however, "he is feeling
great and has totally recovered. He has received more than 4,000 visitors
in 1996."

The Itamaraty, the Foreign ministry, has also been incisive: "If
Ambassador Flecha de Lima returns to Brazil, we will send him back to Washington.
That’s where President Fernando Henrique Cardoso wants him." Good
news for princess Di, who will be able to continue visiting her good friend
Lúcia, the ambassador’s wife, without having to stretch her flight.

Doing As Brazilians Do

A youth movement model developed and used with success with Brazilian
street children has been adapted to assist youngsters in San Francisco,
California. The Brazil Project of the International Child Resource Institute
(ICRI) has announced the recent implementation of a pilot program called
RYSE (Rising Youth for Social Equity) inspired by the Brazilian effort.
One of the key beliefs of the program is that children should have a voice
in decisions affecting their lives. RYSE youth will develop a microenterprise
program run and staffed by the youngsters themselves. For more information,
call (415) 863-1100 or send E-mail to: kidryse@aol.com

Brazil on Stage

Vestido de Noiva (The Wedding Dress), one of the most celebrated
plays by late Brazilian playwright Nélson Rodrigues (1912-1980),
is having its American première 54 years after being written. The
Yankee version, translated and adapted by Rodrigues’s son Joffre and Toby
Coe, will start its five-week-long run March 15 at the Theater 40, in Beverly
Hills. In Vestido de Noiva Nélson Rodrigues explores the
mystery behind the hallucination of a woman who has just been in a car
accident. For tickets call Theatix (213) 466-1767.


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