Tickets sold out a week before the 2nd edition of the Music and Human Rights Show, filling the main hall of Salvador’s Castro Alves Theatre (Teatro Castro Alves: TCA) on Thursday 6th November. Approximately 1,500 people applauded the pairing of Lenine and Orkestra Rumpilezz and the alchemy between Afro-Bahia big band jazz and the populist songs of the Pernambuco singer.
To open the event, DJ Branco – Director of the Communication, Militancy and Attitude Hip-Hop Group (supported by CESE) – presented CESE’s human rights work. The maestro and his orchestra started up with Dazarabias and moved on to its first performance of Banzon Nova. “It is an honour to participate in this initiative with CESE, which does such important work in human rights around the country. Long live our partnership!” declared Letieres Leite.
The saxophonist Leo Gendelman, one of the most celebrated instrumentalists in Brazil, made a special entrance with Orkestra Rumpilezz, with Na Baixa dos Sapateiros by Ary Barroso. Lenine completed the performance, joining the orchestra and emphasizing the link between music and human rights by singing “It’s pouring with rain and where are the kids? Selling sweets to the drivers stopped at the lights”(Tá relampiano, cadê neném? Tá vendendo drops, no sinal prá alguém). After Relampiano, the music moved onto successes such as Do it, Paciência and Virou Areia. The singer’s Pernambuco accent became even stronger as he sang Leão do Norte.
The end of the show was crowned with a homage to the Encantadeiras, a group of female babassu coconut breakers, whose work Lenine found out about through a visit last year. Their work in the Community and Income Project in the village of Ludovico in São Luis (Maranhão) is an example of an initiative supported by CESE.
The hymn of the Encantadeiras was sung in procession by Orkestra Rumpilezz and Lenine: “Hey, don’t chop down those palm trees/Hey, don’t eat up those palm trees/You know you mustn’t chop them down/We got to look after the riches of nature” (Ei, não derruba essas palmeiras /Ei, não devora os palmeirais / Tu já sabes que não pode derrubar, precisamos preservar as riquezas naturais). The final scene represented an ode to the women’s income generation work and CESE’s work to strengthen populist groups from a human rights perspective, work which the organization has carried out around the country for the last 41 years.
Ticket sales from the show will be used to support CESE’s activities, which has supported more than 11 thousand social projects across Brazil over 41 years (focusing on issues of gender, young people, ethnicity, the solidarity economy and traditional populations), strengthening more than 10 million people through a human rights perspective.