June 9, 2023

Rita Lee, signer for the influential Brazilian psychedelic/Tropicália band, Os Mutantes (The Mutants) died right now on the age of 75.

From NPR:

Rita Lee Jones de Carvalho was born Dec. 31, 1947, in São Paulo to an American Brazilian father and Brazilian mom of Italian descent. Music was an early a part of her life, together with piano classes with Magda Tagliaferro. Nonetheless a teen, Lee shaped Os Mutantes in 1966 with Arnaldo Baptista and Sérgio Dias. Impressed by The Beatles and the rising Tropicália motion in São Paulo, Os Mutantes’ psychedelic music included fuzzed-out freak outs underscored by carnivalesque orchestrations, discovered sounds and pan-Latin rhythms.

“The underside line is that we had been light-years forward of everybody else,” Lee instructed the New York Instances in 2001. “We had been so harmless again then that we weren’t even totally conscious of what we had been doing, and that gave our music an incredible honesty. Every little thing we did was spontaneous and pure in a means that’s merely not doable right now, and I feel that individuals have come to worth that and reply to it passionately.”

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