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“I don’t think the stage is a bubble or that the life of an artist is a bubble. Artists didn’t fall from Mars, you know?” he appreciates in the face of the debate that always escalates on social media when there’s a big festival like Rock in Rio.

He will take part in the festival this Sunday (4th) along with Drick Barbosa, Rael and Priscilla Alcantara. His speech, as always, should be full of speeches, at a time when the country is politically tense, on the eve of the presidential election.

The rapper was one of the first representatives of his genre to receive a place at such events. Today, after “four decades of rumors that rap was a fad,” he sees rhythm at the top of the chart. This does not mean that festivals are balanced for him.

In an interview with g1, the singer reflects on the lack of space for established rhythms such as samba. He also talks about the accumulation of work, his relationship with faith, which is always present in his show, and the “story” he intends to tell in the presentation of Rock in Rio.

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g1 – At Lollapalooza 2022, you put on a non-obvious show that omitted some of your biggest hits. How is the selection process for songs that will be featured on festival shows like Lolla and Rock in Rio?

emicide – What I do is think first of all about history: what kind of story I would like to tell about this. At Lollapalooza we expected to see Foo Fighters in a more rock style. At each festival, you need to want to have a different artistic experience, because it ultimately shows that we can adapt to any universe, that we can talk to everyone. I think festivals are good for that too.

Lollapalooza made me want to do this heavier show, start playing the guitar. Now, with Rock in Rio, we’re in the same vein. Rock in Rio is an overwhelming experience. It’s a sea of ​​people and on the Sunset stage, in particular, Zé Ricardo [curador do espaço] managed to create a community of people who are very open to a wide variety of musical experiences.

Emicide during the show on the second day of Lollapalooza 2022 — Photo: Marcelo Brandt/g1

g1 – Due to ticket prices, only an elite niche of people have access to these events, especially in Brazil today, with the economic crisis. Does this affect the design of your show?

emicide – It is very difficult for you to create a stereotype of who pays to visit your show, regardless of the context. After two decades of playing, the shows travel through very different universes, where people may not have the same origin of life as I do, they may not have the same characteristics as me, but they are there, excited and in love with my music. . I think it’s very sincere because more than once I’ve identified myself with the songs that came to me that weren’t necessarily reproductions of my lifestyle.

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I think that if in some way we manage to transcend all of this and connect as human beings, that’s the most beautiful thing we can do. I appreciate it too much.

In general, people like to hit this key, because of the ticket price, I agree with that. I think we need to put in place mechanisms to make this more accessible, and I think it’s urgent. Throughout our trajectory, we have actively participated in all these battles and continue to be present, because the ultimate goal is for the music to reach as many people as possible, so that the people who have accompanied us throughout our trajectory are not deprived of some or experience.

I believe that the bridge that music creates – especially my music, especially today – does not allow me to stereotype the people who listen to it. I also don’t want people to stereotype me.

g1 – Roberta Medina, vice president of Rock in Rio, said in an interview that there is no politics on the stage of such festivals. What do you think?

“People associate our art with what we have in mind, with what we create artistically, and also with what we dream for ourselves and for the world.”

In this sense, I think that there is no area of ​​our artistic creativity that in one way or another would not touch on political issues. I don’t think the stage is a bubble or the life of an artist is a bubble. Artists didn’t fall from Mars, you know? A non-political position is itself a political position. I can’t go to Palestine, take a selfie and say that I have nothing to do with political issues. My silence also becomes a manifesto.

I personally disagree [com a opinião de Medina]. Thank God, people understand what I mean, they know what I believe in, what I fight for. I understand that the festival is also suffering from pressure from other universes and I think they are trying to position themselves in a more neutral way, which I also consider legal, but that is not what you should expect from artists. And I’m not talking about the artists who agree with me. Art is art and our positioning should be free.

g1 – Will this Rock in Rio be any different because of the proximity to the elections?

emicide – At Lollapalooza at the beginning of the year, the energy was already like this [a edição de 2022 do festival foi marcada por manifestações políticas]. You cannot gather 100,000 people and want those 100,000 people not to exercise their civil rights. This is a citizen’s right. And this is also a desire, a dream.

g1 – Can crop damage be assessed during the pandemic?

emicide – I don’t think so yet. The euphoria of the moment in which we live does not allow us to make this pragmatic analysis of how the cultural world works. A cultural world that has been heavily attacked for even what it means, for its ability to make people imagine how different the world could be.

We haven’t finished reading the panorama of scorched earth in which we found ourselves. How many houses are closed? In Brazil and in the world, establishments that were opened 50, 100, 300 years ago have closed. These kinds of things are a big loss and change the cultural character of some regions.

Now we will have a season of various events. Then let’s fast forward to summer and get better at the carnival. Maybe after the carnival next year we can get a better idea about it.

g1 – You were one of the first names in rap to be included in the schedule of major festivals, and today you see how the genre is taking more and more space at these events. Apart from the quality of the artists, what do you attribute this movement to?

emicide – Great teamwork.

“Four decades have passed, four generations have been pejoratively told that rap is a fad. But there is no fad that lasts four decades.”

Being a part of this construction is a great achievement. I just think that the generations that come after ours should focus on the magic of this collective building. This allowed so many rap artists to perform on these stages, touring Brazil and the world. It is important that future generations focus their attention on continuing this. If I can be a little uncle now and listen, my ear is: keep the fire lit, young people.

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g1 – Can we say today that the festivals are balanced in terms of musical genres?

emicide – I think no. We just played in Belo Horizonte, at the Sarara festival, and there was something that really touched me. Zeca Pagodinho played before us. I even got emotional, I invaded the stage to watch Zeki’s show. We had a lot of fun.

But look at this madness: in all these years of participating in so many festivals in Brazil, for the first time I saw an artist like Zeca in the same lineup as us.

“I am very upset by the absence of samba in the program of major festivals. The absence of samba in the lists of the best albums of the year – this happens all too often – makes me very upset.

This is one of the achievements that we are still producing and achieving. I am very happy to be a part of this achievement. When we state our influences, how samba is in our construction, how it is a way of life, how solid it is in our music, we open up space for these kinds of encounters that happen live. And to make people think less and less about the genre, After all, we are all like that: music workers.

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Emicida at João Rock 2022 in Ribeirão Preto, SP — Photo: Érico Andrade/g1

g1 – Pastor Enrique Vieira participated in your show at Lollapalooza and at Rock in Rio you will sing with Priscilla Alcantara. These two names are closely associated with the Christian religion. You also talk a lot about faith in your songs, what role does this theme play in your work?

emicide – I was born in a very poor, very sad reality. When you are born into this reality, the only thing you have is to believe. I am not talking about faith as something institutionalized, broadcast by religious institutions. I’m talking about the human need to believe in something, and even atheists find themselves in this.

We need to believe in something, earthly or spiritual, but a person needs to believe in something, even if it is a utopia. The function of faith, after all, is to keep us moving forward. So I like to stop the music, and I think it’s cool when people put on their headphones and feel that in the music that I make, they find a reason to continue.

g1 – You’re a multitasking artist: you’re in music as well as TV, games, fashion… Do you think there’s pressure on musicians today to always be more than just musicians? Is it easy to deal with this backlog in work?

Emicide – Calm, calm…. no.

“If I could just sit down and take up the piano, I would love to. But I understand that the market does not behave that way.”

This is not an invention of our time, it has only become more visible. If we go back a little, we will see, for example, Alice Regina and Jair Rodriguez, hosts of television shows.

How many artists already had a sort of Swiss army knife? James Brown accompanied the bordereau [planejamento financeiro] from exhibitions to the last day of life. The artist has always been and always will be a multi-tasking figure because, as I said, we did not fall from Mars. We are where we are because of the number of things we are connected to.

Music becomes like a child. You don’t take your son, let him out and tell him to come back at 18. You will take care of him and all the aspects that surround him. This will lead us to be able to exhibit other places where we are also creative, also interested. And, since our whole life today is more open due to social media, people have the opportunity to see us play video games, play sports and ride horses if you are Joao Vicente. [de Castro, ator e amigo de Emicida].

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Solidarity with Ukraine is overshadowed by the political and economic agenda of the powers

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SAO PAULO, SP (FOLHAPRESS) — Since Russia invaded Ukraine, sparking a proxy conflict between Moscow and Washington/European Allies, governments and multilateral organizations have mobilized to respond to one of Europe’s biggest humanitarian emergencies with times of World War II.

By the end of September, according to the UN, more than 13 million Ukrainians had crossed the border to escape the war, of which 7.5 million had taken refuge in European countries.

However, the official narrative of solidarity and benevolent participation hardly obscures traditional political and economic interests in this type of transnational response to clashes that affect many civilians. A reminder from Luisa Mateo, professor of international relations at PUC-SP (Pontifical Catholic University).

It is clear that initiatives such as the EU-approved device allowing Ukrainian refugees to stay in the bloc’s 27 countries for up to three years, with access to education, work and social security (and without the need for a visa) are important. Or British Homes for Ukraine, a similar program but which makes the issuance of a visa a prerequisite for the entry of citizens displaced by the war.

Or the roughly $8 billion (41 billion reais) already donated by USAID, the North American Agency for International Development, to support basic services (notably hospitals, schools, access to electricity, food, and housing). 3 billion dollars (15 billion reais) in August alone.

But these transfers pale in comparison to the contribution of Washington and Brussels to strengthening the response of the Ukrainian military to Russian attacks. The United States alone has pledged to send more than $13.5 billion (73 billion reais) in arms and ammunition since February this year. At least 19 military aid packages have been received in the past 12 months.

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“This help [com armas e munições] it fuels the conflict,” says Mateo. “Humanitarian aid ends up as a simple response to public opinion to try to balance the participation of these countries in the war machine.”

Another knot in humanitarian aid, according to the professor, is the distance between the amounts promised by the powers that fund the main UN agencies and what is actually allocated.

“Many countries end up opting for a two-way route [de governo para governo, sem a intermediação de órgãos multilaterais]. This allows, for example, tighter control over the allocation of resources and the involvement of carefully selected private partners, consolidating the aid industry machine,” notes Mateo.

According to the researcher, the donation tap should remain open while the conflict is active, since the theater of war, it is worth remembering, takes place in the backyard of the European Union, and not in some remote latitudes. But the context of the global economic crisis should become an element of pressure on the remittances of new billionaires.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government announced in July that rebuilding the country would cost 750 billion euros. Even if this budget is inflated, it will indeed take several more rounds of packages (in the form of grants, low-interest loans and foreign debt freezes, among other things) to lift the Black Sea country out of the swamp.

Brazil Offers Humble Help Brazilian aid to Ukraine received its main chapter at the start of the conflict, in March of this year. The FAB plane delivered more than 11 tons of food, medicines and water purifiers to Poland, from where the shipments were sent to the border region with a neighboring country.

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The shipment was donated by a fast food company. But the main task of the aircraft, in fact, was to return the Brazilians displaced by the war.

Since then, the world’s fourth-largest colony of Ukrainians (after Russia, the US and Canada) has had a limited response to the humanitarian emergency. It is estimated that there are about 500,000 descendants of Ukrainians in Brazil, most of them in Paraná.

The Ukrainian-Brazilian central office, for example, collected about 600,000 reais from folklore shows and coffee producers exporting to the European country, which were donated to the Ukrainian embassy in Brasilia.

According to the president of the organization, lawyer Vitorio Sorotyuk, an agreement was also made with the Paraná government foundation for the arrival of 16 teachers from the troubled country (from fields such as biological sciences, history and pedagogy).

The agreement between the largest children’s hospital in Kyiv and the Latin American hospital Pequeno Príncipe based in Curitiba is also part of the mission’s working group. The idea is to promote the exchange of doctors and the education of pediatric nurses.

There is no summary data on the arrival of Ukrainian refugees in Brazil.

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The leader in voting intent polls, Lula da Silva, was accompanied by his vice presidential candidate Geraldo Alkmin, his wife, pollster Rosangela da Silva, PT president Glasey Hoffmann, and PT’s São Paulo government candidate Fernando. Haddad.

After the vote, the candidate from the Workers’ Party (PT) kissed the ballot and left the room.

With “odds” of winning the first round, Lula da Silva has between 50% and 51% of voting intentions, according to polls released on Saturday by DataFolha and Ipec respectively, followed by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with 36 votes. , % and 37% of voting intentions, Siro Gomes (5% and 5%, in both polls) and Simona Tebet (6% and 5%).

Unlike previous elections, all polling stations opened at 08:00 in Brasilia (12:00 in Lisbon), in a peculiar subordination of all polling stations to the time zone of the Brazilian capital.

More than 156 million voters will be able to vote until 17:00 in Brasilia (21:00 in Lisbon) using 577,125 electronic voting machines located in 5,570 cities across the country.

In addition to Lula da Silva and Bolsonaro, candidates in the Brazilian presidential elections are Ciro Gomes, Simone Tebet, Luis Felipe D’Avila, Soraya Tronicke, Eimael, father Kelmon, Leonardo Pericles, Sofia Manzano and Vera Lucia.

If no presidential candidate receives more than 50% of the valid votes, the top two voters will face each other again in a second round on 30 October.

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Brazilians go to the polls this Sunday (2) in an unprecedented atmosphere of fear and violence in a presidential election. From assassinations of voters to threats to candidates, the controversy has replicated a pattern previously seen in municipal elections and signaled that political polarization had reached a new level.

“We have never reached such elections. In general, you see more violence in municipal elections, candidates for councilors. Beyond the violence against candidates, what’s new is this wave of gratuitous violence and intolerance of dissent,” says the CEO. from the Sous da Paz Institute, Carolina Ricardo.

Even before the official start of the campaign, cases of aggression were already accumulating. In July, a Bolsonarist police officer broke into a birthday party and shot and killed a PT gunman in Foz do Iguacu (PN).

That same month, a walk with Marcelo Freixo (PSB), a candidate for the RJ government, was abandoned after armed supporters of Bolsonarist state deputy Rodrigo Amorim (PTB) issued threats.

Fear of violence prompted the Federal Police to create the largest security scheme in history to protect presidential candidates. Lula’s campaign has even canceled travel, revised the structure of rallies and outlined a plan to prevent supporters from voting for fear of aggression.

“There were cases in Foz do Iguacu, Mato Grosso, Ceara, Santa Catarina. These are people who have not been at the center of the political debate,” says sociologist David Marquez, project coordinator for the Brazilian Public Security Forum. “People are now afraid to go out in a T-shirt, stick a sticker on a car, put a brooch in a backpack. They are afraid of being threatened or being drawn into conflict.”

In early September, a supporter of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) admitted to stabbing a colleague in Mato Grosso following a political dispute in which the victim was defending Lula.

In September, a PT supporter in Santa Catarina killed, also stabbed, a man wearing a shirt that mentioned Bolsonaro. Police are investigating if there was a political motivation.

Last Thursday (29) in Brasilia, the car and house of Bolsonaro’s ex-wife, district candidate Ana Cristina Valle (PP-DF) were vandalized. She and her son, Jair Renan Bolsonaro, posted short videos of the incident on social media and offered political motivations for the attack.

A survey conducted by the Brazilian Public Security Forum in partnership with the Political Action Network for Resilience and commissioned by the Datafolha Institute found that 67.5% of respondents fear physical attack because of their political or party choice.

The fears of voters are shared by politicians. About 50 candidates have recently suffered some form of political violence and are in need of assistance or special security measures, according to PSOL — an acronym for adviser Marielle Franco, who was killed in 2018 as a result of an unsolved crime.

Civil society organizations Justiça Global and Terra de Direitos have been monitoring cases of political violence in Brazil since 2016. Justiça Global general coordinator Sandra Carvalho says she fears that fear of violence is intimidating candidates from already minority groups in politics, such as women and blacks, stressing that numbers have begun to point to an upward trend in 2019.

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“Political violence is repeated in the history of the country, but we are already seeing an intensification of the campaign to elect the incumbent president. Since then, there has been an upward trend,” she says. “We are seeing campaigns by some segments that are much more timid for fear of being attacked in any way, a danger to the democratic process, because this can increasingly mean under-representation of certain segments.”

On Thursday (29) at a meeting with international observers, the chairman of the TSE (Supreme Electoral Court) Alexandre de Moraes said that justice will guarantee freedom and security in the elections.

To reduce the risk of violence, the court banned CACs (hunters, shooters and collectors) from carrying guns and ammunition between Saturday (1st) and Monday (3rd) and developed new text to ban mobile phones from entering cabins. .

No wonder we got here this way. In addition to the complete ease of buying weapons, since more than 40 rules have facilitated this access, in recent years, a discourse has flared up about access to weapons, especially presidential weapons, ”says Carolina Ricardo.

The wave of violence also led the TSE to reach an agreement with the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation). A giant inflatable electronic ballot box with the words “Peace in Elections” was installed on the field for seven games. The motto was shared by the leading football teams in the country.

David Marquez of the Brazilian Public Safety Forum says it is difficult to gauge the impact of the 2022 campaign in the next election. For him, the answer may lie in survey results.

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“In 2018 in Sao Paulo you had [o ex-governador] Joao Doria says the police need to shoot to kill. In Rio de Janeiro [o ex-governador] Wilson Witzel said the police had to shoot him in the head. The public safety agenda was also very important to Bolsonaro. He spoke about the exclusion of lawlessness for police officers and the arming of society, ”says the sociologist.

“In all these cases, it’s about the fact that we need to use violence to make public policy, to control crime. And this, in some aspects, also goes through political relations, to political debate in general. What we will need this Sunday to see if this wave of aggression will be intensified again or if it will be stopped by the general vote.”

According to Carolina Ricardo of the Instituto Sou da Paz, the solution lies with democracy itself. “Institutions are responding. And the way for everyone is to come, vote, elect anyone who thinks they should be elected to show that democracy prevails and is stronger than specific instances of political violence.”

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