What makes Brazilian music so special and popular?
In simple terms charisma and passion, but what happens is the musical roots in Brazil are very closely connected with so many different issues-- like the social and political environment. The culture of happiness. Brazilians are happy people despite any problems. The strong rhythm heritage from Africa makes the music strong and powerful and at the same time all the great composers are brilliant and passionate. During the military regime for example the music was one of the few people's hopes.
How did you get started in music?
My father is a musician and he left a poor northwest city in Ceará Brazil to live his dream He recorded about 28 Lp's traveled all around the world. When I was about 10, living on Guatemala, I start to pick up a guitar I got. Some old friends had a garage band and I was always near listening them after learn a couple chords of Santana's "Oye como vá" and "Samba pati".
Why did you come to Canada?
I was curious about the snow...No seriously I had family who came years ago and they sold me the idea. I was looking for change, and I was really unsatisfied with so many things in my country.
How was it adjusting to life here?
Well, Latin culture is very different in some many ways, but I'm really adaptable and open mind and I was determined to learn and be successful in this journey. The low temperatures are crazy eh? but I really prefer -45 then +45.
Where do Winnipeggers go to listen to Brazilian music?
There is a great opportunity for Winnipegers go to listen a authentic Brazilian music played by a Brazilian musician Saturday May 7 8PM at the WECC for the "Trip to Brazil " CD release.
I hope to see you there.
Here's a sneak preview of Marco Castillo's new CD Trip To Brazilthis. This is "Bala Com Bala".