Just prior to the recording of Bicho in 1977, Veloso was invited to take part in the Negro Festival of Art and Culture in Lagos, Nigeria. He was so knocked out by the music he heard that he scrapped his original plans for the upcoming album to record something more redolent of his experiences in Nigeria.
“It was a show made for dancing and was very poorly received by audiences and critics. I was returning from Africa, had played in Nigeria, Ivory Coast and the Black Rio movement saw the emergence of ‘new Brazilian favela’, the seed of everything that is there today [in Brazil]: rap, hip-hop; Bicho Baile Show was a concert far ahead of its time, which I kept pleasant memories.” (Caetano Veloso, 2002)
A never released recording of the 1978 live concert at Carlos Gomes Theater in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was recently discovered by Brazilian music researcher Charles Gavin and released as part of “Todo Caetano” box set in 2002.
Edited by robertoiwai on 15 Jan 2012, 13:29
Translation, adaptation and additional information by Roberto Iwai from http://caetanoendetalle.blogspot.com/2011/12/1977-bicho-baile-show.html, http://loronix.blogspot.com/2006/05/caetano-veloso-banda-black-rio-bicho.html, http://discosdobrasil.com.br/discosdobrasil/consulta/detalhe.php?Id_Disco=DI04108
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