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Dinner with Caetano Veloso

Dinner with Caetano Veloso

Dinner and philosophy with Brazil's greatest pop star

Dinner and philosophy with Caetano Veloso

You forget how fast the night descends in the tropics, in half an hour the light goes, the sun disappearing with a grand melodramatic finality. You understand the Mexican tribe who believe without their prayers it will never rise again. But it leaves behind a warmth in the enveloping womblike darkness. With the breeze against our faces in the Bahian night, Brazil’s most celebrated pop star is showing me his domain, a fabulous clifftop house in Salvador de Bahia in the state in the North-East coast where Cabral’s boat came ashore half a millennium ago, and where Caetano Veloso was born 67 years ago.

I’m purifying myself through the song, purifying the bottom of underdevelopment of Third World bad taste and humiliation

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