Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Mateus Aleluia, a singer, musician, and composer who has explored the pan-African musical ancestry of Brazil through music and culture. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article by Raul De Gama on JazzdaGama.
"Canta Sabiá" by Mateus Aleluia
2020 | Singer and composer from the state of Bahia in Brazil
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Mateus Aleluia’s return to Africa, to reignite the fire of his African-ness – both spiritual and temporal – was an epic odyssey and has been exquisitely expressed in the album Ọlọrum. The repertoire of this beautifully-crafted album embodies the quintessence of what it is to be engaged in African [or Afro-Brasilian] contemplative spirituality. This exploration of what it is to be gazing at, looking at or being aware of the Divine is based wholly on the oldest cosmology of the world – that is, the African one. In African cosmology Ọlọrum is the Supreme Being who unites saint and sinner, male and female. In his hands and with the creation of this music, Mateus Aleluia pleads with Ọlọrum to unite slave and into oneness with the Divine.
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