When Kazuza (1958 – 1990) decided to do “Time Doesn’t Stop” concerts, Her still young body was no longer performing well on stage. At his last appearance on January 24, 1989, he was forced to return to the dressing room to receive oxygen. Among the hundreds of people who lived with the unhappiness of post-dictatorial Brazil, the singer-songwriter had to finish the program early because his weak body could not withstand the effort. One day he said: “If anything happens to me, I want it to be on stage“. And that’s exactly what happened.
A year later, on July 7, 1990, he died of the effects of AIDS. He became a major responsible for reducing the prejudice against the virus, which was surrounded by taboos and suspicions for that period. At the beginning of the decade, the acquisition of the disease was synonymous with death and many people believed it could be transmitted in any way. But Agener de Miranda tried to fight the fate of Arazzo Neto and was treated with large Brazilian capitals and abroad with his money.
Kazuja stopped doing his shows because of the weakness and insistence of those who lived with him. But that did not stop him from dreaming of life and facing death. Many of the compositions on the album “O Tempo Não Para” demonstrate this feeling in relation to his situation.
In “Good News” she said: “Ladies and gentlemen / I bring you good news / I saw the face of death and it was alive.” And he continued: “I tell you thousands of rhyme metaphors / And I / I have no idea that God is the ‘H’ in the bowels of fear, My prayer / When I go out / We go to life / So, let’s go to life”.
One of the most famous songs on the album is the appeal for existence, an attempt to show their indifference to the criticism they have faced. He sings in “Vida Louka Vida” (composed by Lobao and Bernardo Vilhena): “Crazy life, short life / Because I can’t take you / I want you to take me / Crazy life, immense life / No one will forgive / Our guilt will not pay off.”
Other songs on the album include recurring themes for Kazuja, such as “Todo o Amor Qe Her Nessa Vida”, “O Nosso Amor a Gente Inventa” and “Codinom Beja-Flour”. In addition, he continued to criticize the sociopolitical context of the time. “O Tempo Nao Para”, for example, is a collaboration with Arnoldo Brando, who released the first version with the Hanoi-Hanoi Band. But the song became popular in Kazuja’s voice.
“Time Doesn’t Stop” in its entirety
With ten songs and a series of recorded performances in the history of Brazilian music, this is the singer’s last performance on stage, a milestone in the album’s short-lived artist’s path. Releasing only five solo studio albums during his lifetime, he intertwined his personal experiences with criticism of national reality.
Now the “O Tempo Não Para” has been released on digital platforms. Three decades ago, the presentation had to be shortened to fit the physical disk. At the time, the LP tracks included: “Ideologia”, “Vida Luca Vida”, “Bose Novas”, “All Love That There This This Life”, “Só As Mãe Are Felizes”, “O Tempo Não Para”, “Codinom Beza” -Floor “,” O Nosso Amor a Gente Inventa “(Romantic Story),” It’s part of my show “and” Exaggerated “.
With the re-release, seven more tracks were added: “Complemente Blue”, “A Orella de Euridis”, “Vida Facil”, “Blues da Piedade”, “Preciso Dijar que te amo”, “Brasil” and “Mal Nao”. These are all unreleased versions.
In the full presentation, it is also possible to hear some of Kazuja’s speeches. While singing “Ideology,” he explains his regrets about parts of the lyrics. The artist suggests that he changed the perspective of the moment he was singing: “I’m going to pay the analyst’s bill / so I don’t have to know who I am again / because the boy who was going to change the world / now watches everything on the wall”.
“I’m sorry to make this song. I apologize. That boy who was going to change the world could change the world at any age. We change and the world can change if we change, ”he says.
The restart is part “Reviva Kazuja” campaign, Initiative of Sociedade Viva Cazuza. The project aims to promote and promote works that preserve the memory of the Rio de Janeiro artist. Until next year, when he was 65 years old, the action had shows in some Brazilian cities. More activities to be announced in the coming months.
A few months after the artist’s death, Sociedade Viva Kazuja was created by his parents, music producer Joೊo Araಜjo (1935 – 2013) and philanthropist Lucienha Araujo. The mother is responsible for a non-governmental organization that focuses on helping HIV-positive children and young people by promoting the health, education and leisure sectors.
Relationships with Kazuja
The song “O Tempo Nao Para”, made famous by Kazuja’s voice, was first recorded by the Hanoi-Hanoi Band in the 1980s. “We and Baron have bonds of friendship – and we still have – because we have the same manager, Mario Alameda from Bahia. After Kazuja left Boro Vermelho, he was Kazuja’s manager,” Ricardo Baselor recalls.
Despite the slight proximity between the two, the artist recalls: “Kazuja was a beautiful man and a great artist. He was a legit rocker, with a lot of ‘feeling’. When he went on stage, he always gave his show a lot of energy and he was amazing. We have left this mark and this void, Kazuza ”.
For Ricardo, the singer from Rio de Janeiro is one of the Brazilian music names that became a legend. “People have a tendency to think that artists are special and they are still special. But they are ordinary people. All of us artists have a talent for making music. He was pro-independence and had very beautiful lyrics, ”he says.
Movies with Cazuza
Kazuja: Time Do Not Stop (2004)
Directed by Sandra Vernek and Walter Carvalho, the film is based on the book “Kazuja: So as Mayes Sao Feliges” by Lucienha Araujo and journalist Regina Echeverria. The plot highlights Kazuja’s professional and personal trajectory, from the beginning of his career as an actor in drama to the end of his solo career.
Where: HBO Max; Rent on Google Play, Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video
Letter Beyond the Walls (2019)
The documentary reveals the trajectory of HIV and AIDS in the Brazilian region. From interviews with doctors, activists, and patients, as well as archival material, the film shows from the early 1980s to the present. This highlights the first awareness campaigns.
Where: On Netflix
Life and Art Podcast
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