the cry of bethania, silenced during the pandemic, returned to the stage with full power. This Sunday, April 10th, at the Vivo Rio concert hall in Rio de Janeiro, the Oya’s eye girl made a special show in celebration of the five years of the documentary Februarys. The tribute is a two-way street as the feature film directed by Marcio Debellian turns its narrative to the samba plot of Mangueira, winner of Carnival 2016 – which was about Maria Bethania. The film was released the following year, and made its debut at the Rio Festival in October 2017, from there on to countries such as Uruguay, France, Portugal and Spain.
the loop of bethania with the audiovisual went beyond Februarys (2017), with the second song that opened this Sunday’s show being the brand new Pantanal (song of Marcus Vianafrom 1990), which the singer re-recorded for the opening of Globo’s new eponymous soap opera – also a remake – recently premiered.
A journey through time, bethania she has performed songs from all decades since the 1950s – reaching compositions from 2021 and 2022. The artist also welcomed the late carioca carnival – this year celebrated in April – through marchinhas. And creating another link with the theme of the presentation – the documentary Februarys.
bethania also gave space to the three musicians who accompanied her on the strings and drums to shine, with emphasis on the percussionist damn, a show apart of pure enthusiasm and charisma, infecting the audience. There was also no lack of political protests by the general public, against the government of President Jair Bolsonaroand in favor of Lula.
In the singer’s set list were established hits, such as Reconvexo (from brother Caetano Veloso), Too yummy e what is what is (classic of Gonzaguinha); plus disco news nocturnallike the recent Prudence. bethania sang new and old hits, extolled love, nature, faith, always highlighting Brazilianness. She delivered everything, with the visceral energy of someone who missed her avid, faithful, passionate, peculiar audience. And this one returned, with a full house, the uniqueness of bethania.
Februarys is a 2017 documentary and records the victory of Mangueira in 2016, whose plot honored Maria Bethania. The feature shows the preparation of the samba school and the festivities of Nossa Senhora da Purificação. After touring more than 40 film festivals around the world and being the most watched Brazilian documentary in theaters in 2019, Februarys was released on DVD by the record company Biscoito Fino and is available on platforms such as GloboPlay, Itunes and Google Play.