Sunday, October 2, 2011

"Arthur Verocai" - Arthur Verocai

Released in 1972, Arthur Verocai's self-titled album was a slight to the Brazilian government.  The military dictatorship at the time sought to end the bad influence they saw from musical artists on impressionable youth. Verocai used subtle language, dripped in metaphors, to slip below the government's censorship radar.  He also used non-conventional music producers and created a sound of music that was unheard of at the time.  

Verocai was no stranger to the Brazilian music scene, he was already a well-known name for his producing and arranging work with other Brazilian artists such as Ivan Lins.  After the release and minimal popularity of his own creation, Verocai slipped back into his role behind the recording gears.  In 2002, he released another album, this time showcasing his talents as a musical composer.

In 2009, rapper Ludacris sampled Verocai's song, "Na Boca do Sol" in his song "Do The Right Thing."  The sampling helped grow a new found interest in Verocai's work.  

In the past few years, Verocai has reached out to his fans via social media, sparking rumors that he may be planning to delve once again into the music world as a performer.  One can only hope...

Download file has been removed per request, however, the album can be purchased here.