Brazilian music has always been resistant and 2022 is no exception. Indigo Borboleta Anil is the album with which the Brazilian and trans activist Liniker won a Grammy
Brazilian music has always been resistant and 2022 is no exception. More than 60 years after the appearance of ‘Chega de Saudade’, the first Bossa Nova song to be recorded in a studio, today the music of Brazil is positioned in the world to update again the imagination of the traditional and national now in the voice of a trans activist who is making history.
Indigo Borboleta Anil is the album with which the Brazilian and trans activist Liniker won the award for best Brazilian popular music album on November 17 at the popular Latin Grammy Awards ceremony.
In 2015, when Liniker joined her band Los Caramelows, she began to make history, her first releases reached 5 million views on platforms and her stardom even led her to star in a series on Amazon Prime.
Liniker’s music is a journey through different rhythms such as soul, blues, and Jazz with a strong influence of Afro music and Brazilian popular music MPB. Her voice with her different nuances accompanies the drums, the winds, and the piano. In an interview with ABC, the singer declared that for her this acronym represents Brazilian Black Music, or in her words prieta music by the ancestry and the influence of the African diaspora from her position as an Afro-Brazilian woman. The majesty in the interpretation of instruments creates atmospheres between the percussion and voice. Liniker sings to love, to heartbreak, it is a cry for freedom.
Today, her music reminds us of the emergence of Bossa Nova, which was initially conceived as a different and more erudite way of playing samba. Bossa Nova assumed its style and incorporated other expressions of Brazilian popular music and some jazz and blues chords.
As a Chico Buarque who in 1968 was one of the artists most persecuted by the agents of the dictatorship, Liniker became a figure of Afro and trans activism in Brazil against the Bonsonaro government.
“We live in a very difficult country. We began to recognize ourselves and want to leave because we did not have representation. We wanted to enter spaces where until then we had no access. With Bolsonaro (president of Brazil) in power, we are afraid, we are exposed “, she expressed in 2019 to the Gayles. tv portal. As she is, however, she is always found the rejection by the society that surrounds her
Liniker was born on July 3, 1995, in the city of Araraquara, in the interior of São Paulo, Brazil. Her mother, Ângela, who raised her as a single mother, participated in samba rock circles, so she grew up in a musical environment from her childhood. On several occasions, Liniker has recounted how she always wanted to wear her mother’s clothes during her childhood, who always supported her and encouraged her to be an artist. “I was fine with me, the city was the problem.” At the age of 16, she began to write songs and at 18 she left her hometown to pursue her passion for the arts by entering the Escuela Libre de Teatro, in the city of Santo André.
Liniker is an openly trans and Afro singer who has stood out during her career for her social struggles and demands, both for her gender identity and for being a black woman. In 2019 she was chosen as an ambassador for Equality by the United Nations Organization. Her musical proposal tries to combat discrimination against the LGBT + community, especially in Brazil. At first, she showed herself as a musician, black and gay, but his way of being, through turbans, and earrings, led her to openly declare herself trans in the eyes of all her fans who have followed him since 2015, well his process and above all enjoy of his music.
Caetano Veloso would say at that time when bossa nova, the song of joy, was persecuted: there is no political revolution that is not, inherently, an aesthetic revolution. Any other attempt, any “socialist realism”, is just a poor attempt to change the terms without thinking about changing the relations