AUDIO PORTRAIT – fernanda abreu
In RIO’S FUNK, Fernanda Abreu talks about the origins, singularities and prejudices about the rhythm that was born in marginalized areas. A pioneer in the FUNK movement in Brazil (which is unrelated to the one currently developing in Rio’s marginalized areas), Fernanda was one of the first to dive into the activity created in the marginalized areas, living witness to how the rhythm broke the American pattern and took its own flight… Good or bad? What is the creative activity of the marginalized suburbs and who are its heroes? She was the first to bring up the Rio culture and funk (a phenomenon), since its incursion by Fausto Fawcet, Regininha Poltergeist (a pioneer of the big-booty girls) defined by its own aesthetics. The comparison between the USA Gangsta and the Proibidão of the city’s marginalized areas, etc… the music that marked the issue…
The series AUDIOPORTRAIT delivers the word so the artist can develop a theme that has never been talked about. It is a show about the person, not the persona, giving the spectator an opportunity to join intimately the real person. It’s like a casual conversation where the spectator is in the second row, behind the silhouette of another participant.
It is a show that stemmed from the documentary WHITE BLACK and BLUES with BB KING, filmed in a differential format… it wasn’t just the music… it was a testimony about an issue that has impacted his career and, more than anything, a life’s story. In BB KING’s case, as a blues musician, touring across America for over sixty years, he narrated the changes in African-American civil rights during the second half of the 20th century, where music had an instrumental role. As an eyewitness to everything that was going on, he has credit as a consistent narrator, mixing narrative with musical performances. It’s not the career… it’s a point of view… an AUDIO PORTRAIT. Music is only the frame where history, in form of a testimony, truly shines… great developments narrated by someone who lived them.