Combined with the wonderful compilation “Psychedelic Pernambuco”, the Brighton based music and cinema label Mr. Bongo realeases step by step important long lost and sold out releases of the 70ies north-brasilian psychedelic folk and rock scene, that protested with music and poetry against the military dictatorhip in Brasil, so the LP´s by Lula Côrtes, Ze Ramalho, Tom Zé, Flaviola e o Bando do Sol or Marconi Notaro.
In the End of october, Mr. Bongo reissued the LP “Satwa” by Lula Côrtes and Lailson. Satwa is the only album under this project name and it is to my point of view the most beautiful work of this time, although being mostly simple instrumental guitar improvisations.
Listen to it and read some excerps of the liner notes for this release:
“Written, recorded and released just as Brazil’s military dictatorship reached the climax of its long black arc, the one and only album by Satwa is a divinely subtle protest, often cited as Brazil’s first independent record.
Formed after the return of Lula Côrtes and Lailson from their respective foreign xcursions – the ‘Satwa’ project lasted only a year, perhaps due to their differing stripes.
Lailson was from the verdant former Dutch colony of Pernambuco, while Côrtes hailed from the wild badlands of Paraiba. But for 11 days in January 1973 the pair jammed cross-legged and produced the folk trance gems that adorn this self-titled debut.
At a time when censors caused newspapers to run cake recipes on their front pages in place of rejected news stories, the pair realised that if they wrote lyrics the censors would reject the record out of hand, so Lailson only lets the occasional throat drone slip through his lips.” (Mr Bongo)
Buy the LP direct from Mr. Bongo webshop with original artwork here.