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Artist Profiles: Seu Jorge

Seu Jorge

Jorge Mário da Silva, better known as Seu Jorge (Mister Jorge) was born June 8, 1970 in Belford Roxo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jorge became Knockout Ned in the cult movie City of God. Jorge had extensive personal experience of the world depicted in the film. His childhood in the favelas of Rio left him with a formidable tenacity and a political commitment that has lasted to this day. He lived on the street and taught himself to play guitar, doing odd jobs to scrape a living. But then he was taken on by a thereat company and, through acting, got rid of of the ghosts of his past once and for all.

In the mid-1990s, he formed a group called Farofa Carioca, whose infectious, pop samba soon became popular in Rio. After a series of concerts, they recorded a single album and the charismatic charmer Jorge became the talk of the Cidade Maravilhosa.

Feeling a little crowded in the group, he began a solo career with an album produced by Mario Caldato (Beastie Boys): Samba Esporte Fino. Released to critical acclaim, it became the 1999 album of the year in Brazil. But it was the cinema and Fernando Meirelles that really made Seu Jorge a household name: his tailored role in Cidade de Deus (City of God) rocketed him to national stardom.

Not content with his newfound celebrity in Brazil, in winter of 2004, he worked on a major Disney production directed by Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums), starring Bill Murray, Angelica Houston and Willem Dafoe. The film, The Life Aquatic, was released at the beginning of 2005.

Taking a break between Brazilian art film-making and Hollywood, Jorge went to France to recharge his batteries and made a new solo album, Cru. Produced by Gringo da Parada (one of the founders of Favela Chic) for his new label Fla Flu Prod and mixed by Renaud Letang, Cru’s lyrics range from the political commitment of Eu sou Favela to the words of love of Tive Razao, while the sounds include a tense cover of Gainsbourg’s Chatterton, a softer take on Elvis’s Don’t, laying down guitar on Tive Razao and the irony of Mania de Peitao. With its bossa, stripped-down rock and song, Cru is hard to categorize.


Samba Esporte Fino (Regata Musica, 2001)
Cru (Naive, 2005)
The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions (Hollywood Records, 2005)
América Brasil O Disco (EMI, 2007)
Seu Jorge & Almaz (Now-Again Records, 2010)
Músicas para Churrasco, Vol. 1 (Cafuné, 2011)
Carolina: Deluxe Edition (2014)
Músicas para Churrasco, Vol. 2 (Cafuné, 2015)


KCRW’s World Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Ziggy Marley

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced program for the 19th season of KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The event is a partnership between KCRW and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. The first concert will start on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl:

Sunday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m.

Reggae Night XVI
Ziggy Marley with orchestra
The Specials (ska)
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Reggae star Ziggy Marley will make his orchestral debut playing a set of his and his father Bob Marley’s music.

Sunday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m.

Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic: A Tribute to David Bowie
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Brazilian singer Seu Jorge will celebrate David Bowie’s catalog, with an orchestra for the first time, through a Brazilian lens.

Sunday, July 9, at 7:00 p.m.

Blondie · Garbage
Sky Ferreira

Sunday, August 6, at 7:00 p.m.

Belle And Sebastian
Additional artist to be announced

Sunday, August 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Pink Martini featuring China Forbes and Storm Large

Sunday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m.
Cosmic Journey
Plus Blood Orange and special guests King ·
Kelela · Moses Sumney · Kelsey Lu and more

More information at HollywoodBowl.com or via phone at 323-850-2000.


The Expressionists: Adele, Seu Jorge, Kamasi Washington

The impressionists produced a massive boom of cultural significance and so did the nationalists and their affect on society lingers but no aesthetic has had more massive appeal than musical expressionism to today’s youth. What does that translate to in English? The impressionists, those who played the complexities, the points, of what we all see, Ravel and Debussy, and the nationalists, folk music practitioner for example, transformed this world but subjective emotion translated into music now thrills today’s youth.

Who are these expressionists? They seem to share one thing in common: songs that use poignant beats, meter, and synths to create an atmosphere. They tend to produce alter-narratives, ripping away the hegemony of narrative writing from the traditional guardians of our society who tell us all that are lives will be school, work, home, death. They bring in hurt, healing, and freedom into public sphere and in doing so have socialized millions to look forward to healing or to anticipate hurt.

Adele, England


An expressionist par excellence, we cannot see the bittersweet world that she sings to us given its private nature but can only imagine the distortion felt when she sings us about hurt and longing. We sit and stand amazed at a world of dark colors and of productive dissatisfaction. 21 is a fine expressionism and its climaxes express an interior and not a romantic exterior (war, power, conquest) which move us to sing along to “we / almost had it all ..”

Seu Jorge, Brazil

Seu Jorge
Seu Jorge

Seu Jorge’s song “Motoboy” sounds like a human’s experience living a city and perhaps is one of the great expressionist songs of this era. How he achieved this is the question and we can only imagine that solitude is behind it. Imagine living in a massive metropolis in a country marching in the streets to express their opinions and it is a plunge into human living. The expression of that is Seu Jorge.

Kamasi Washington, USA

Kamasi Washington - Photo by Mike Park
Kamasi Washington – Photo by Mike Park

In The Epic, what others do in quiet music, he does in loud Jazz. He expresses his habitus which includes his accumulation of experience, and by doing so seems to move his listeners beyond having to accept the immediate world. In his case, he does it with an entire band and that’s the beauty of it: all playing towards several colors and shapes to fall into.

Headline photo: Claude Debussy in 1908. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923.