The legendary Brazilian modernist poet Manuel Bandeira also indulged a fixation with songwriting throughout his life under the nickname Manduca Pia. Thirty years before the rise of the Beats in America, and later, the Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron, Bandeira longed to see his poems set to music, saying that he might "get to know (himself) better and look at (him) from outside (himself) as if he were just a plain object." From that wish the Brazilian singer Olivia Hime convened an all-star cast of Brazilian music royalty to set Bandeira’s poems to music on the event of the centennial anniversary of the poet’s birth. Originally released in 1986, Estrela Da Vida Inteira
stands up over fifteen years later as a reissue by the Brazilian label Biscoito Fino. Even more amazing is how modern the eight-track recording sounds today with no remastering. At least, none that the press release or album notes point out.
Bandeira’s poems are set to music by the likes of Tom Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, Moraes Moreira, and Hime. The songs run the spectrum of Brazilian bossa nova, jazz, and easy samba; the Portuguese lyrics meshing seamlessly into song. If you are a fan of Brazilian pop music or easy lounge, this is an album you should search out.