Something 4 The Weekend # 255
Tom Zé: Estudando a Bossa (Nordeste Plaza): "Roquenrol Bim-Bom" [mp3]
Tom Zé is one of my absolute favorites, but because he is Brazilian and sings in Portuguese, I don't understand a single word. I think my love, despite the language barrier, is a testament to the musicality of his singing, and the strength of the songs themselves - endlessly inventive, exciting, even joyous.
A strange man from an alien culture, making often weird and sophisticated music, with plenty of nods and winks (Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da). For more than forty years. For me, he's the Brazilian Zappa, and that's about the highest praise I can offer.