Johnny Hooker and Elza Soares perform at Olympic Boulevard to a crowd: out who?

Pedro Lopes / Federal University of Goiás, Brazil | 30-Oct-2016
lights off, crowd ready. A voice reverberated through the speakers, shouted: "Good evening, Rio de Janeiro. First, out who?" The crowd does not hesitate: "Out of [Michel]Temer ". Thus began the Johnny Hoocker show on the evening of Tuesday (9) of the Carioca capital. The artist and singer Elza Soares, special guest, unite culture and resistance in Encounters stage during programming of Olympic Boulevard and were acclaimed by thousands of people
lights off, crowd ready. A voice reverberated through the speakers, shouted: "Good evening, Rio de Janeiro. First, out who?" The crowd does not hesitate: "Out of [Michel]Temer ". Thus began the Johnny Hoocker show on the evening of Tuesday (9) of the Carioca capital. The artist and singer Elza Soares, special guest, unite culture and resistance in Encounters stage during programming of Olympic Boulevard and were acclaimed by thousands of people.

Light skin of Pernambucano singer contrasts with the black suits glued to the body. In the body, black hair surrounds face and head. It is in this body that Hoocker performance opens wide in their movements and colors, the freedom to be. At that stage also trod the black meat Elza Soares. Sitting on the throne of "Queen of Brazil" was not stopping, always dancing to the rhythm of music. Owner of a body marked by the history and symbol of the feminist struggle, Elza door a massive super-hair, which says as much as his words: "I'm proud to be black women." Pride also the judoka Rafaela Silva, poor black woman who won the first gold medal for Brazil in the Olympics this year. Elza repeated the Rio name until his departure from the stage. "Rafaela Silva. The woman who showed the world what came to do."

Bass, guitar, keyboard, drums, trumpet, guitar and trompeiro composed a dance and tenacious musical unit in the voice of Pernambuco singer, who evokes the wounds of wrenching, painful passions. But "what matters is the resistance," said the singer, in reference to retrograde when we live in the country. Several times, between a song and another, the singer pulled the "Out of Temer" in the audience, however, not to mention in a single moment the surname of the illegitimate president. It was enough to "out" the consensus was generally before such dissatisfaction of the audience with the current government. Public this also fueled the resistance against the government with many posters "Out of Temer."

The bassist, keyboardist, drummer and percussionist of the band also expressed their support against the government with stickers "OUT TEMER" stuck in your clothes and/or their instruments. The participation of Elza Soares drove the crowd into a frenzy. The artist led his show to the agendas of women, and insisted in a message to the victims of violence "Women, attention: dial 180 and report it." The song "Maria da Vila Matilde" was one of the most acclaimed of the night, with the refrain "You gonna regret raise a hand to me" being echoed in one voice in the crowd that attended.

If the audience of the "exclusion games" repression curtails freedom of expression and demonstration, Elza and Johnny showed that resistance can take the stage. Recent surveys attest: in 10 years (2003 and 2013), black women homicides increased 53%, according to the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLASCSO). Here, in Brazil, is also where most kills transvestites and transsexuals in the world, says a survey of Transgender Europe (2015).

Two bodies symbols of resistance - and the exception - in positions of power. Two bodies that speak for themselves too. But they need to talk more, because they still need to occupy more positions of power with representativeness than the statistics of violence.

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