Hilarious: how the US destroyed Brazilian music
“MPB: a História que o Brasil não Conhece” is a short mockumentary about an elaborate conspiracy theory: since the 50s, the US supposedly infiltrated mediocre singers and shamefully daft songs into the country’s musical scene, to neutralize it and avoid major menaces to the American cultural hegemony.
The theory is validated by a series of fake interviews with present and former celebrities, including Iggor Cavalera, from Sepultura heavy metal band, and Beto Jamaica and Reinaldo, from É o Tchan! a successful 90s butt-centered samba group. One of the highlights is the testimony by Sérgio Mallandro, actor/TV host and humorist that has incorporated an idiotic persona for many decades and had some success in the 80s singing a popular hit that would repeat, over and again, the refrain “Come make glu-glu with me”. Mallandro claims, in the mockumentary, that he was brainwashed and obliged to sing this bizarre tune in order to undermine the quality of MPB – acronym for Música Popular Brasileira (Brazilian Pop Music).
Conceived and directed by André Moraes, this short is a fun little gem, but unfortunately there is no version with English captions, even if some interviews were originally produced in English. Enjoy!