What’s Bernardo’sMusicMonitor™ been monitoring in the Portuguese and Italian-speaking worlds? Well, there is a lovely new song out by Mariza that is perfect Sunday listening, you can join Italian singer Francesco Renga in having the most beautiful day in the world in Berlin, while his countryman Emis Killa has fun in Rio de Janeiro. Plus check out Brazil’s hottest star of the moment, Anitta, among others. Find out what all the Anglo radio stations are missing out on!
IN EUROPEAN PORTUGUESE
First up is a beautiful new ballad by Mariza, O Tempo Não Para (Time Never Stops), released to coincide with new a Best Of compilation. It’s one of just three songs in Portuguese songs in Portugal’s top 20. As usual with Mariza, it’s beautifully poetic…
- Eu sei – I know
- Que a vida tem pressa – That life goes in a hurry
- Que tudo aconteça – That everything happens
- Sem que a gente peça – Without people asking
- Eu sei – I know
- Eu sei – I know
- Que o tempo não pára – That time never stops
- O tempo é coisa rara – Time is a rare thing
- E a gente só repara – And people only notice
- Quando ele já passou – When it’s already passed
- Não sei se andei depressa demais – I don’t know if I walked too fast
- Mas sei, que algum sorriso eu perdi – But I know I missed some smiles
- Vou pedir ao tempo que me dê mais tempo – I will ask time to give me more time
- Para olhar para ti – To look at you
- De agora em diante, não serei distante – From now on, I won’t be far
- Eu vou estar aqui – I will be here
Also doing well in Portugal is Angolan-born Anselmo Ralph with Unica Mulher (Unique or The Only Woman). Of course, he is huge in Lusaphone countries such as Mozambique and his native Angola.
The other Portuguese language song on the chart, Não Te Quero Mais (I Don’t Want You Anymore) by David Antunes and Vanessa Silva, would appear to be a domestic argument but the best part of breaking up is making up… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS6Nq1rzuzY
IN BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE There is no shortage of local acts on the Brazilian charts as listed by top40-charts.com (which despite its name gives only the top 20). This is kind of cute … it’s got an unusual jaunty rhythm and as a bonus there are some knife-throwing scenes in a ruined house in a lush jungle… It’s Cobertor by Anitta and Projota. Cobertor means blanket, the song title coming from the lines Que saudade de você debaixo do meu cobertor (how I miss you under my blanket) You can read the rest of the lyrics to the song here.
Anitta is undoubtedly the hottest thing in Brazilian music at the moment. She burst onto the scene last year and has had a string of No. 1 hits, and even featured in an article in Forbes magazine, which commented on “the beautiful and sexy resonance of the Portuguese language“ and asked if she was a global superstar in the making. But there has been controversy about whether she is doing a Michael Jackson and using skin lightening cream. Here is a live performance of Anitta’s Blá Blá Blá, which is still in the top 10.
Next, just for something different, here is a Portuguese version of Pink’s Just Give Me A Reason sung by Brazilian heartthrob Gusttavo Lima. Diz Pra Mim = Tell Me.
Francesco Renga, who won the Sanremo Festival nine years ago, is back in the limelight with this lovely song Il mio giorno più bello nel mondo (My most beautiful day in the world), taken off his chart-topping new album Tempo Reale. This was filmed in Berlin.
Italian singers like to travel. Here’s popular young rapper Emis Killa going to Rio de Janeiro in his song Maracanã. Naturally it has a World Cup football flavour to it.
Last is a recent No.1 in Italy by another former Sanremo winner Marco Carta, Splendida Ostinazione (Splendid Obstinacy).