six years of international tours, Silvério Pessoa
and his irrefutable charisma has won over his audience,
that now follows him wherever he may go. With an acoustic
heart and an electric head, to use the title of his new
album, Silvério Pessoa has struck the perfect balance
between authenticity and openness.
Born in the heart of Pernambouc, where people live to the rhythm of the forró,
Silvério Pessoa spent his childhood and adolescence amongst the sugarcane
cutters, sharing in their joys and sorrows to the sound of the accordion, zabumba
and triangle trios. Which just goes to show to what extent he knows his people
and its culture. In his album Bate o Mancá he paid homage to one of the
genre’s masters, Jacinto Silva, reproducing the verve and authenticity
of the forró as played by those from the countryside.
Silvério Pessoa’s artistic work comes with a strong political commitment.
Alongside the sugarcane cutters and the MST movement, he defends the diversity
of a culture that, just like many others, is destined to disappear under the
repeated onslaughts of globalisation.
But Silvério Pessoa is above all a man of his time. He took part in the
Mangue Beat revolution, alongside many others, that shook Recife during the 90s.
With his group Cascabulho, he contributed to the fusion of local rhythms with
rock and electronic music. He took this work of cross-culture further in his
album Microbio do Frevo, an electronic version of the royal rhythm of the Recife
carnival: the frevo.
Today Silvério presents his new album, "coração
acoustico e cabeça electrica", one of the most successful fusions
of tradition and modernity. Silvério Pessoa displays no misplaced desire
for Western rhythms here, but wisely goes back to his origins while the electronic
is subtly employed to enhance the pertinence of his objective. Without forgetting
the numerous artists featured on the album, from Lénine to Massilia Sound
System, Siba, Meï Teï Shô and Alceu Valença.
Silvério's next album will be co-produced by Outro Brasil, featuring all of our
friends from Occitany, met along the road since 2003: Massilia Sound System,
Moussu T e lei Jovents, La Talvera, Fabulos Trobadors, Rita Macedo, Bombes 2
Bal, La Mal Coiffée, Nux Vomica amongst others...