The days of Gabe Amarantos are more tumultuous than ever. In addition to debuting as a tech for The Voice Kids, the singer from Pará has released her second album of her career Thursday Night (2) and is on the cast of her new soap opera at 6 PM.
Reaching 13 songs for “Purakê,” the album released nine years after her debut with “Treme,” the singer took a few days in January last year to stay in the middle of the Amazon and composed alongside Jaloo, album producer and Lucas Estrella.
Glorifying northern culture and showing the surrounding artists are Gaby’s main goals of this workSo much so, that every song will come out with a clip. See the interview in the video above.
“It’s not an album that people just listen to, it’s an album that people can watch, it’s to watch the Amazon, the sound system, and the jungle,” he explains to st 1.
“We want to bring all these feelings, because Brazil needs to know this new Brazilian music produced in the north, which is not stereotypical and is already in 2050.”
Gabi Amarantos releases Purakê’s second album in her career – Photo: Divulgação / Rodolfo Magalhães
“Purakê,” a name that alludes to the electric fish of the Amazon, shows Gabi Amarantos that she’s already well known, but also new paths opened by her nearly 10-year career in solo-singing exploits or paths.
The album begins with the song “Ultima Lagrima” featuring Donna Onetti, Elsa Soares and Alcion. The singer described the track as “a blessing from the Holy Trinity of Music”.
The song “Arreda” that she shares with Leona Vingativa and Viviane Batidade, is a “sound system” where the artists sing.
“It’s a scream. It’s the same cry Caetano made when he said ‘Bossa Nova is great.’ Bossa Nova is great, Brigavank is great, funk is great, technobriga is great and The patterns of the parties are the patterns that feed this country.”
In the interview below, she talks more about Beyoncé’s “Black is King”-inspired album, the new stage in television as a judge on “Black is King.”The Voice KidsAnd first impressions from the recordings of the “Além da Ilusão” Six PM TV series.
G1 – Nine years passed between his debut album “Treme” and “Purakê”.. Looking at it like that is a long time coming, but you haven’t stopped working in these years. When was the desire and focus for this second album to appear?
Gabi Amarantos It came from the moment I found the right person, Gallo. I wanted to show off more of what I already did, but I also wanted to get a little more of what I already did.
When I say I want to compose a song with the atmosphere of a Beiradão sound system party or another song with the sound of river shore nature, by Alter do Chão, he knows what I’m talking about, and it makes a big difference.
Gaby Amarantos spent days in the middle of the Amazon writing songs for ‘Purakê’ – Image: Reproduction/Twitter/GabyAmarantos
G1 – That’s right, you can clearly see these two sides, one more rooted, let’s say, with tecnobrega, but you also go on other tracks on the album. What do you want to show with these new songs?
Gabi Amarantos – It’s a lot of the whole group that is Amazon, Nordic music. We have to understand that this music is plural, modern, offshoot and avant-garde. There is “fuleragem” music, music to cry on, music with poetry, music to shake your shoulder. It also says a lot about what Gabby is, because I understand myself so much and have to give vent to all of them.
The album begins with the blessing of the “Holy Trinity of Music”: Dona Onete, Elza Soares and Alcione. To me, they are three great icons that bless us and are also there to remind us of the importance of older women, experience, and living.
Gaby Amarantos launches “Purakê” – Photo: Publicity / Rodolfo Magalhães
G1 – There are many partnerships on this album, in addition to the opening song: Ney Matogrosso, Urias, Luedji Luna, Liniker, Viviane Batação, Leona Vingativa, Potyguara Bardo. Was your initial idea to make an album with a lot of guests or did things start to roll?
Gabi Amarantos – This was happening. In fact, we often thought that it was the “back album” and should be the “100% Gaby album”.
But when the songs were ready, I was listening and thinking “Opará” is Luedji Luna’s face, it would be nice if you sing it. Then I said: Have you ever thought about Liniker to sing “Amor pra Recordar”? It would have been great I had to get someone from Barra to sing that tecnobrega [“Arreda“]Because I have to open doors for other artists. Then things happened…
G1 – When it broke in 2012, there were a lot of regional music labels. Do you feel like it still exists in some way or are you speaking in a language that people understand as pop music these days?
Gabi Amarantos – Language has always been so popular, that you saw that a file Pabllo Vittar has recorded many tecnobregas, and many songs from Pará. I think we are at a time when we are responding to these movements coming from the parties, but My commitment is not to make this ocean forgotten, erased, or invisible.
I have other projects I intend to do to show that and Purakê is an opening. “Arreda,” which says “Open the wheel,” is a scream, it’s the same cry Caetano made when he said “Bossa Nova is awesome.”
Bossa Nova is great, bregafunk is great, funk is great, tecnobrega is great and ocean patterns are the patterns that fuel this country. We have to build a lot, and that’s why “Purakê” is not an album that people can only listen to, it’s an album that people can watch as well.
I’m going to bring this amazon, the sound system, the jungle and it’s all very modern. What we suggest that men see is very beautiful.
At a certain point, you will get up and dance, when you play “Rolha”, but when you play “Rio” you will think of the forest.
We want to bring all these feelings, because Brazil needs to know this new Brazilian music produced in the North, which is not stereotypical and is already in 2050.
Cover of Gabi Amarantos’ “Chow” with Gallo – Image: Publicity
G1 – Nice when you say you want to bring other artists from Para with you. Who do you stand out in the new scene in Barra?
Gabi Amarantos – There are a lot of people. The composers are with me on this album, Arthur Espindola, Renato Rosas, Lucas Estrella, Gallo. They all have a solo business.
Laboyoung, an artist with publications in international magazines, campaigns for major brands, Lucas Gouveia who makes animation, Romário, these boys are all from parties. Some gays are all hard-boiled, there’s a crowd that Brazilians don’t even know about yet, you know?
A lot of these people are on the album, because I think “Purake”, So Inspired by What Beyoncé Did in ‘Black is King’She has brought many African artists from all walks of life to be part of the process with her.
It is an album with many artists who are not from Pará, the North and the whole of Brazil. Many LGBT artists, and peripherals. There are a lot of hands I want to help highlight.
“Purakê” album cover by Gabi Amarantos – Image: Disclosure
G1 – the cover has an image indicating the land, to the forest. What message do you want to send her?
Gabi Amarantos – I want to convey the idea that this land, this origin, this boraki 50 years from now. It exists to reflect: What will this forest, this world, this planet, our love, our relationships be like 50 years from now?
Are we going to burn everything? Shall we end our rivers? But the songs don’t talk about Ryo, they don’t talk about burns. How will we reflect the Amazon in the future, this Afro-Amazon river?
G1 – It’s more of a good interrogation with everything we’ve been through.
Gabi Amarantos But we return the favor with art, beauty and intelligence, because we need to be strategic.
There is an original philosophy of life that says that while half of the tribes are standing in the front lines with their bows and arrows, preventing this forest from burning or trying to put out this fire, while the other half celebrate, they are asleep, resting and dreaming.
Only by replenishing the energy that the party gives us, that art, that food, can we gain the strength to keep fighting, and that sequence is very important.
Burak comes to achieve this, to bring about this ability to enjoy, to think and to dream, to provide us with a lot of beautiful content that we prepare, beautiful, breathe and talk: “Damn it, it is necessary to keep fighting, dreaming, living and loving.”.
Carlinhos Brown, Gabi Amarantos and Michele Tello are the judges of The Voice Kids – Photo: Globo / João Miguel Júnior
G1 – Now we’re talking a little bit about TV, how’s the experience being as a judge of the ‘The Voice Kids’ object?
Gabi Amarantos – Very nice. How nice to see these professional kids already know what they want and have so much talent. I am learning a lot, feel very privileged and have a very loving side of myself.
People have told me that I am very affectionate with children, and have a lot of musical knowledge. it is delicious.
G1 – After participating in the soap operas, you are in the cast of “Além da Ilusão”. He tells us more about the forecast, the early days of registration. Acting was already an old desire, wasn’t it?
Gaby Amarantos – I already have jobs, I’ve done a series, there’s a movie of my own that I hope will be out by next year. But this telenovela dynamic is something I really wanted to do to even understand the structure.
My first impressions of the novel are that I have a lot to learn. It’s still pretty early, I know very little about the Hulk, but I’m welcome. I want to learn, I am very willing to learn.
that it [preciso] Lots of professionalism and lots of preparation. I am also in a moment of fullness, because I never imagined that all these wonderful things would happen in this moment, when our country is so badly treated, when people are so frustrated, so hopeless.
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