Thursday, 15 October 2009

Wire-Haired Black Woman: Nêga do Cabelo Duro

This poem was sent to us by our good friend Fernando D'Andrea

Poet and artist Beto Barbosa was one fo the greatest exponents of the Axé cultural movement in the late seventies and early eighties. He reached deeply in the conflicts that started the movement to create one of the most emotive portraits of the social condition around the use of lipstick but not caring about hair in this piece made famous by the performance of the now forgotten of Luis Caldas, then one of the most renowed artists and active participant of that cultural movement at that time.


Wire-haired black woman
That doesn't like to comb
When she paasses on the Down of Tube
The big black man starts to scream

Look at the wire-haired black woman
That doesn't like to comb
When she paasses on the Down of Tube
The big black man starts to scream

Catch her up there, catch her up there
What for?
To put lipstick
Of what color?
Purplunt, in the mouth and in the cheek

Catch her up there, catch her up there
What for?
To put lipstick
Of what color?
Color blue mess, in the mouth and in the Heaven's door

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