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28 de setembro de 2014

Música do Brasil, de Hermano Vianna e Ernesto Baldan

Música do Brasil caiu em minhas mãos por acaso, enquanto conversava com um amigo antropólogo que achou que eu deveria conhecê-lo. Parte de um projeto que também incluiu uma série de TV, CDs e site, o livro possui textos de Hermano Vianna e fotos de Ernesto Baldan realizadas ao longo das viagens que fizeram pelo Brasil buscando retratar a música folclórica brasileira e, principalmente, as pessoas envolvidas com essas manifestações culturais.

Publicado em 2000, o livro é resultado dos cerca de 80 mil quilômetros percorridos pela equipe do projeto e dos dois anos de pesquisa sobre o tema. Os textos de Hermano mostram como a religião e o sincretismo marcam a cultura popular brasileira e aborda, em sua maioria, tradições culturais de grupos das classes menos favorecidas. Ele descreve as manifestações folclóricas como "brincadeiras", no sentido que a as atividades realizadas são festas em um sentido mais amplo, na maior parte das vezes unindo a apresentação musical a algum ritual ou culto.

A falta de numeração nas páginas dialoga com a forma como o material é apresentado: não segue ordem geográfica, estética ou cronológica. Estão, lado a lado, elementos mais conhecidos da cultura brasileira (como o carnaval, o tecnobrega e o samba) e manifestações exóticas ou pouco divulgadas, como o Zambiapunga de Taperoá, na Bahia, os Dançarinos da Sociedade de Danças Antigas e Semi-desaparecidas Araruna (nome sensacional) de Natal, no Rio Grande do Norte, e o catumbi de Itapocu, em Santa Catarina (uma variação de congado).

Um dos pontos mais interessantes é observar como os diferentes grupos retratados transformam suas limitações (de recursos financeiros e de matéria-prima) em recortes estéticos. Eles se adaptam às suas respectivas realidades e não deixam de manifestar suas crenças e sentimentos. Como escreve o próprio Hermano, a alegria apresentada junto a essas manifestações populares seria uma forma de resistir à miséria para não deixar que aquilo que é miserável tome conta de todo o seu mundo, de sua vida". Um bom exemplo é a banda Dragões do Forró, de Nova Olinda, no Ceará. Com uma mistura inconsciente de John Cage e gambiarra, a banda é criação de um garoto que constroi seus próprios instrumentos com sucata, sendo que muitos deles sequer emitem sons. O que importa ali é seu valor simbólico, a performance que sintetiza a vontade de se expressar e se divertir, independente das condições disponíveis.
 

17 de setembro de 2014

Moreno Veloso na Music Alliance Pact de setembro

O Meio Desligado é o representante exclusivo do Brasil no Music Alliance Pact, projeto global que envolve cerca de 30 blogs especializados em música, de diferentes países, que mensalmente realiza uma coletânea com bandas independentes/alternativas. Todo dia 15 é publicada a coletânea com uma música escolhida pelo representante de seu respectivo país de origem.

Você pode ouvir separadamente cada uma das músicas escolhidas para esta edição da coletânea ou fazer o download da coletânea completa.


ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
Los Gongs - Suicidas
Suicidas is a brand new track from Los Gongs' sophomore album, Volumen 2. This young, promising band from Buenos Aires takes us back to the folk-rock, kraut and psychedelic sounds of the 60s and 70s. It was recorded at Ion, one of the few studios in Argentina that still offers a completely analog recording environment.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Foreign/National - Life Tourist
Five-piece Foreign/National was formed by brothers Mark and Sean Gage in their hometown on the Mornington Peninsula, a short drive south of Melbourne. The band has released three singles since November last year, attracting their fair share of attention from the music blogosphere. On latest offering Life Tourist, the lyrics offer a harsh counterpoint ("What's your motherfuckin' problem?") to the band's signature blend of psych-pop and tropicalia. It's a cheerful, off-kilter sound that falls somewhere on the spectrum between Django Django and Os Mutantes. Foreign/National's debut EP will be out on Downtime later this month.


BRASIL: Meio Desligado
Moreno Veloso - Um Passo À Frente
Moreno Veloso, the eldest son of Caetano Veloso, released his first studio album this year, Coisa Boa. "Um Passo À Frente", the first single from it, is an indie-samba song that reflects the easygoing mood of the record.

CANADA: Ride The Tempo
D-Sisive - Jonah Hill
Toronto rapper D-Sisive describes his own biopic and reveals who would be the ideal person to play him. Despite being seemingly ridiculous, this track may be his best yet.

CHILE: Super 45
Bernardita - Hojas
Bernardita (Martínez) took some songs that her friend and fellow musician Felipe Cadenasso had kept for years and included them in her self-titled debut album. Hojas ("Leaves") is a melancholic song that allows the listener to experience the intimacy of the recording. It's fresh, warm and sweet. Just as the leaves fall to the ground during autumn you will fall for this track.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo
fatsO - It's Getting Bad
Daniel Restrepo is fatsO's heart and bassist: a project born from the roots of jazz that has evolved into rock and soul. Thus their classic, elegant style refreshes the sounds of Colombia's capital. In the track It's Getting Bad, the influence of the great Tom Waits is palpable.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
ColorKaleido - Gold
ColorKaleido - producer/songwriter Kim Vagn Wagner and singer/songwriter Christine Milton - released their first EP in 2012 (two tracks available on SoundCloud) with a fresh one coming out early next year. Gold is the first single off the as-yet-untitled new EP and it's a pretty amazing shot of grandiose pop.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: La Casetera
Irka Mateo - Vamo a Gozá
Irka Mateo is an expert in world music and Dominican folklore. After more than 25 years exploring our roots she still finds ways to innovate with the sounds that have shaped our cultural landscape for hundreds of years. Vamo a Gozá takes on bachata rhythms with accordion - usually associated with merengue - and is the first single from a new album that will prominently feature this instrument.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria
Munn - Aquí/Ahora
Progressive beats, silences and a powerful female voice that sings about an action we need to take here and now. This is the new single from Munn. Two years since the release of their first EP, Espiral, the group are preparing to launch their new album. The single Aquí/Ahora is just the starting point of Munn's new, ambitious sound.

GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
Sophia Loizou - Silica
Sophia Loizou's incredible, bold-sounding debut album Chrysalis was mixed and mastered by Subtext's Paul Jebanasam. It is an exploration of conflict and balance. Using a unique set of sonic transformations, synthetic materials and archival recordings of life, both natural and mechanised, the work depicts forms across a diverse range of scales from the microscopic to those which exceed measurement entirely. Comprised of six movements, the recordings unfold an elaborate landscape of intricate detail and severe natural forces whose end is both a creation and a dissolving of recognised forms.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Pancasura - Kamu
Pancasura is a collective of young people from Bandung who fuse traditional Sundanese pentatonic scale with world music beats and modern instruments, as you can hear on Kamu ("You").

IRELAND: Hendicott Writing
Florence Olivier - Portals
Ambitious conceptual Dublin electro-pop act Florence Olivier channel their namesake - the inventor of the modern synth - and add a twist in basing every track on a deconstructed movie plot. Second single Portals comes complete with a video crammed with the dumbest jokes the three-piece could come up with, but the infectious, summery bent of the slow-building track and its delicate vocals is worth taking seriously. Oh, and which movie is Portals? Well, that's part of the fun...

ITALY: Polaroid
Drink To Me - Bright
One day I'll go drifting in deep space. That day I'll be listening to Drink To Me. Bright is the first single from Bright White Light, their new album. It was produced by Alessio Natalizia (Banjo Or Freakout, Walls, etc) and represents a step forward in the band's career. This song is full of trippy synths, the narrator is having a mystical crisis, the rhythm is pulsing but there's no gravity, "All of my memories are gone". Immerse yourself.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
Nohtenkigengo - Typhoon
Folk-pop artist Nohtenkigengo has been kicking around since last September, when he released his first EP. He followed that up with an even stronger sophomore collection, and he has not wasted any time as he has his debut full-length album ready to drop next month. Typhoon is the first taste of it, a jaunty number with traces of melancholy sprinkled over it.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta
Three Stops To China - The Beach
Dave Urpani, Kurt Kind and Josh Briffa have been making music together since 2010. In that time they've gone from an eclectic mix of grunge and punk to a multi-layered, harmonic blend of dream-pop and shoegaze, while making it a point to not forget their energetic roots. Having just released Take Me To The Beach, a homemade EP signalling this latest chapter in their sonic evolution, hints of what lies next are already looming over the horizon.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika
AAAA - Echo Dream
AAAA is the brainchild of Gabo Barranco, a youngster who has been sneaking around Mexico City's underground scene as part of the shoegaze-surf-punk band DDA. Now he is delivering tracks under the name AAAA, an ambient noise project that is about to explode in some important local festivals.


PERU: SoTB
Laikamorí - Norfolk
Laikamorí is one of the most strange and mysterious musical movements in Peru. The only information about their members is that they are two guys who always play wearing masks encrusted with shiny stones. What I like about them is the amazing sound they create with guitars and synthesizers. They recently released an experimental electro EP, available for free at Bandcamp.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Naked Affair - Pearl
With a sound encompassing keyboards, sampling, synths and some remarkable vocals, Naked Affair cite The XX, Daughter, Roisin Murphy and Erykah Badu as influences. Following the fabulous Melon Ice Cream, Naked Affair offer MAP readers an extended version of their latest single, Pearl. Go ahead and download it now, before they become big.

PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico Indie
El S. - No Me Mires
Samuel Vidal Quintero, the gifted composer and keyboard player behind indie salsa darlings Orquesta El Macabeo, is also responsible for one of this year's most exciting hip hop records. El S.eis is Quintero's sixth record under the El S. alias and his most accomplished to date. With a healthy dose of collaborations and some inspired beats, El S.eis is both a celebration and a strong statement of artistic maturity from Quintero. No Me Mires, a fun but politically-charged track featuring fellow rapper EBRS, tackles the experience of being constantly judged by others because of outward appearances.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Bronagh Monahan - Wait
Scotland has long been an embracive, inclusive place to live. When looked at in the context of the music sector, both performer and population reap the benefits. Bronagh Monahan is a wonderful example of this. Since moving from Belfast to Glasgow in 2008 she has given so much to her adopted home, immersing herself in the local music scene, hosting live nights for fellow songwriters and showcasing her sultry piano-pop and striking vocals in weekly residencies. Such drive and enthusiasm can't be contained, though, and the next stop in Bronagh's search for stardom is London, where she'll no doubt dazzle another city.

SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK
Danpyunsun And The Sailors - Yellow Room
Danpyunsun started his underground folk music project as a solo effort in 2006. A year ago he decided to take help from a few fellow musicians and launched Danpyunsun And The Sailors. Claiming to operate within a genre curiously defined as experimental-psychedelic-chamber-music, the band's first album, Animal, was released in late August. On Yellow Room, percussion and violin set the scene for an intense and engaging song that will linger in your memory long after you hear it for the first time.

22 de agosto de 2014

Programação completa da Virada Cultural de BH

Como assessor de imprensa da Virada Cultural de BH dificilmente vou conseguir acompanhar muitas atrações do evento. Por outro lado, trabalhar na Virada permite ter uma visão mais detalhada da programação. Entre as mais de 460 atividades que acontecem por 62 espaços da capital nos dias 30 e 31 de agosto, destaco:

- o palco montado na Rua Guaicurus (no hipercentro da capital, famosa pelos puteiros baixo meretrício), onde acontecerão os shows de Tom Zé (2h do dia 31) e da Orquestra Mineira de Brega (17h do dia 31), intervenções de live painting e o pole dance da Naiara Beleza, entre outras atrações
- o 2º Campeonato Brasileiro de Bike Polo (das 9h às 19h do dia 31, domingo, na Av. dos Andradas, próximo ao Edifício Central)
- o 3º Mundialito de Rolimã do Abacate na Av. João Pinheiro (12h às 19h do dia 31)
- o show Catch a Fire, da Céu, e homenagem a Bob Marley (20h do dia 30, sábado, em frente à portaria do Sesc Palladium, na Rua Rio de Janeiro quase na esquina com a Av. Augusto de Lima) e da Dona Onete (dia 31, às 17h30, no mesmo palco)
- o palco da Rua Aarão Reis, com bandas mais alternativas, do metal do Eminence ao rap erudito do Zimun
- a maratona da trilogia "O Poderoso Chefão" no Cine Humberto Mauro (a partir das 21h do dia 30)
- a festa Dengue e o Duelo de Vogue, que acontecem às 2h do dia 31 no Sesc Palladium (aliás, a programação do Sesc Palladium tem muita coisa interessante, como exibição do filme "Tatuagem" e diversas exposições

Virada Cultural de BH em números

466 atrações na Virada Cultural
O total de 466 atrações entre a programação oficial, palcos parceiros e programação associada é dividido em:
225 Atrações nos palcos oficiais da Virada (Praça da Estação, Parque Municipal, Praça da Liberdade, Praça Afonso Arinos, Praça Sete, Rua Aarão Reis e Rua Guaicurus)
91 Atrações na programação associada (Circuito Cultural da Praça da Liberdade, museus e espaços culturais)
63 Atrações em palcos parceiros (Sesc Palladium e Savassi)
52 Atrações em equipamentos da Fundação Municipal de Cultura
35 Atrações do Arena da Cultura (no edifício Central)


Veja, abaixo, a programação completa:

15 de agosto de 2014

Music Alliance Pact de agosto com a Banda do Mar

O Meio Desligado é o representante exclusivo do Brasil no Music Alliance Pact, projeto global que envolve cerca de 30 blogs especializados em música, de diferentes países, que mensalmente realiza uma coletânea com bandas independentes/alternativas. Todo dia 15 é publicada a coletânea com uma música escolhida pelo representante de seu respectivo país de origem.

Você pode ouvir separadamente cada uma das músicas escolhidas para esta edição da coletânea ou fazer o download da coletânea completa.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
Como Diamantes Telepáticos - Soñar Soñar
The name of the band comes from an Allen Ginsberg quote about the writings of his friend Jack Kerouac ("Each book by Kerouac is unique, a telepathic diamond"). This song by Como Diamantes Telepáticos is the first single from Dorado, their second studio album, in which they explore a more experimental psychedelic pop sound and mysterious lyrics. The album is available in physical format and as a free download from Bandcamp.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Blonde Tongues - Seilu
Seilu, the new single from Brisbane's Blonde Tongues, is a piece of dream-pop with serious emotional pull drawn from slow-build instrumentals and spacey flares of lead guitar. A track about contradictions, thought patterns and lines of friendship, Seilu is coy and seductive rather than brash. There's no doubt Blonde Tongues still have plenty more depths to reveal in their sound.

BRASIL: Meio Desligado
Banda do Mar - Hey Nana
Banda do Mar is a project by Marcelo Camelo (former singer of Los Hermanos, one of the biggest Brazilian bands from the last decade), Mallu Magalhães (Brazil's biggest hype from the MySpace era) and Fred Pinto (Portuguese musician, member of Buraka Som Sistema and Orelha Negra). "Hey Nana" is their first single, bringing summer early with a catchy melody and some beachy vibes.

CANADA: Ride The Tempo
Slight Birching - Currency
Sean Travis Ramsay makes neo-folk tunes under the name Slight Birching. His latest single Currency reveals a slight eerieness created by a haunting pedal steel and unique guitar twangs as Ramsay ponders a larger meaning in life.

CHILE: Super 45
El Gato, La Virgen y El Diablo - Pilletu
While the Chilean musical scene becomes saturated by predictable naive pop projects, designers Alfredo "Fello" Duarte and Vicente Espinoza recapture the taste for the experimental with a project that mixes visual arts, design and, of course, music. In their debut EP, El Gato, La Virgen y El Diablo (GVD) explore popular folk music (having Argentinian zamba and the Chilean nueva canción movement as their main influences), redefining it through synthesizers and samples. Thanks to this stylistic ambiguity, Beta EP is one of the most interesting releases this year.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
The DeSoto Caucus - Nail In The Wall
When they're not in Howe Gelb's Giant Sand or backing the likes of Kurt Wagner, Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, these five guys from Aarhus create music in a dusty American tradition as The DeSoto Caucus. They are three great albums in, and here's Nail In The Wall from their eponymous latest as a MAP exclusive download.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: La Casetera
Perla Marola ft. Anthony Louis-Jeune - Bon Vibe
Daughter of famed Dominican merengue performer Sergio Vargas, Perla Marola is taking a slightly different musical path. Experimenting with reggae and rap, her collaboration with Haitian singer Anthony "Aton" Louis-Jeune brings a necessary message of unity for both territories. Bon Vibe forms a small part of something bigger, a documentary that will reflect the various lifestyles of the people in these neighboring countries sharing the same island.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria
Alma Rasta - Sonido Del Ghetto
When we talk about Alma Rasta, we talk about the essence of the reggae movement in Ecuador. With a career spanning more than 20 years, Alma Rasta released second album Sonidos Del Guetto in late 2013. This song, which shares its name with the album, features Chilean musician Cristian Aliaga aka Caliajah.

FRANCE: Your Own Radio
Petit Biscuit - Brumes
Petit Biscuit is a young boy (just 14 years old) who is trying to convey emotions with his music. Using guitar and synths, he delivers a cool instrumental track in Brumes. Petit Biscuit is produced by the French label Moose Records, who work with Andrea, Tyord and Julia Losfelt.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Merah Bercerita - Bunga Dan Tembok
Bunga Dan Tembok ("Flowers And Walls") is a song about a massive building that has made the beautiful flowers disappear. Merah sings the poems of his father, Wiji Thukul, a famous poet who went missing during the New Order oppression. Bunga Dan Tembok is one of his most well-known works and Cholil (Efek Rumah Kaca) joins him on vocals. All of Merah Bercerita's songs are beautifully sung.

IRELAND: Hendicott Writing
Revin Goff - Salthill
This tripped-out, mellow take on hip-hop takes its stormy, percussion-heavy angles from the crashing of the Atlantic winter against the Salthill promenade in Ireland's gorgeous western outpost of Galway. Penned by inventive 23-year-old newcomer Revin Goff, it's a textured and nuanced release that dripfeeds fuzzy personal narratives, complex and jittery enough to require further listens and comfortably compelling enough to demand them.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
Qrion - Sink
Sapporo producer Qrion has a knack for manipulating and fitting vocal samples into her songs. Her latest EP features tracks built around ample space and various warped vocals which, depending on how she chooses to deploy them, can sound unnerving or weirdly inviting. Sink touches on both sides, opening with growly voices before pivoting into a surprisingly sweet section.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta
Plato's Dream Machine - Fik
The latest project of Plato's Dream Machine ventures through relatively new terrain in the Maltese scene, culminating in their new full-length album Għera, released in April. The band, led by singer-songwriter Robert Farrugia Flores, has successfully reinvented Maltese music giving it a fresh, contemporary sound. Their semi-organic electronica mashed on top of drone riffs and beats is fused with poetical lyrics sung in their native language.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika
LAO - Equivalent (Merengueando Bootleg)
Mexico City's art label NAAFI has always digged in the margins, seeking cultural clashes that emerge from the country's unequal social classes. As one of the heads of NAAFI, Lauro Robles aka LAO – Mexico's representative in this year's Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo – summarizes on Equivalent some of his crew's aesthetic ideals: dark and urban first-world dubstep landscapes, juxtaposed with the distant cries of a decadent MC on board a tropical sound system.

PERU: SoTB
Planeador - Escarcha De Ipanema
Planeador is a rock band, based in Lima, who were influenced by grunge on their debut album. They are back with their second record, Ausente - available for free download via Bandcamp - and this time their sound is defined by space-rock, shoegaze and lo-fi. Escarcha De Ipanema is a celestial journey through their hypnotic voices.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Los Waves - Darling
José Tornada and Jorge Da Fonseca started as League in 2010 but in the summer of 2013 changed their name to Los Waves. This change can be explained by their love of travelling and nature, especially the sea and surf. Some have mentioned MGMT to categorize their sound. They have had their tracks featured in MTV series Awkward as well as Made In Jersey and Criminal Minds on CBS. Darling is their newest single which will be on their album, This Is Los Waves So What?, due out in September. Their "no budget" video for Darling can be watched here.

PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico Indie
Former Astronauts - Tonto Corazón
Former Astronauts is a pop-rock trio hailing from Aguadilla, a town that features many of Puerto Rico's most beautiful beaches along its west coast. That sunny, cheerful disposition is more than evident in Tonto Corazón, from the band's just-released debut EP, a song that combines the rhythmic dynamism of Vampire Weekend with Tokyo Police Club's sharp pop hooks. Even when the lyrics reference soured relations and broken hearts, its bouncy, carefree nature makes it a solid, catchy single, and the perfect song to say goodbye to this crazy summer season.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
Exit Oz - Zurobara Spre Orient
Exit Oz's music is difficult to pin down in one genre, with influences ranging from soothing ambient to noisy electronics and anguished free jazz. The project first came out of the improvisation sessions made in 2011 by Alexandru Iovan (tenor saxophone and vocals) and Ovidiu Zimcea (samples). In 2013, other musicians joined the project as collaborators and they had their first live shows as a trio, together with Lucian Naste on guitar and drum machine. In 2014, after Lucian left the project, the trio reformed with Dorothea Iordănescu playing synthesizer.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Skinny Dipper - Hospital Bed
Idyllic pop is the name of the game for Glasgow-based newcomers Skinny Dipper and their medley of members (eight girls and one guy), all of whom have noteworthy pedigrees in other bands in the Scottish music scene. We have the honour of bringing you an exclusive introduction to their first recorded material in the shape of the genteel Hospital Beds, taken from their debut EP Masks, which will be released through Olive Grove Records on September 8. It's an immersive listen, showcasing Skinny Dipper's flawless harmonies and soothing string work.

SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK
Jun Bum Sun & The Yangbans - The Seven Year Itch
For many centuries public servants - yangbans - were the aristocrats of what is now known as Korea. Jun Bum Sun & The Yangbans aspire to the same balance between the academic and artistic, noticeable particularly in the band's lyrics. First album Love Songs is a narrative of a relationship and was released this month. The Seven Year Itch is the album's final track and features Jun Bum Sun's strangely attractive vocals over a smooth, alluring pop melody.

SPAIN: Musikorner Skygaze - So Above
Skygaze is the moniker of Jaime Tellado, from Gijón but currently living in Madrid. His music explores the vast and dreamy fields of IDM, similar to Four Tet or Rustie. Skygaze is ready to take off and his next stop is the world.

UNITED STATES: We Listen For You
Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me
Alvvays feels perched between the sincerity of Belle & Sebastian and the tongue-in-cheek of Kimya Dawson. Musically and lyrically astute, Alvvays sounds like what was great about indie-pop bands of the past and smart enough to make you hear an emotion anew.

12 de agosto de 2014

Programação do festival Natura Musical 2014

O festival Natura Musical deste ano acontece no dia 14 de setembro e terá palcos montados em três praças: a tradicional Praça da Estação, onde o festival acontece desde sua primeira edição, e as praças JK e da Liberdade, que já receberam outras edições do evento. O bairro de Santa Tereza, onde em outros anos também havia um palco, este ano está fora.

Confira abaixo a programação, faltando apenas a divulgação do show de encerramento do festival, que será divulgado posteriormente.

Praça da Liberdade
Érika Machado
Giramundo
Disco Baby com Mau Mau e Anderson Noise
Pequeno Cidadão

Praça JK
Vinil é Arte
Siba com Chico Lobo
Felipe Cordeiro com Luê
Karina Buhr canta Secos e Molhados
Nação Zumbi com BNegão

Praça da Estação
Marcela Bellas com Juliana Sinimbu
5 a Seco
Fernanda Takai com Samuel Rosa
Elba Ramalho com Mariana Aydar
Ney Matogrosso
Show de encerramento