Burnier and Cartier-Burnier and Cartier.

Label: Mr Bongo.

During the fifteen and sixtes, the Bossa Nova provided the soundtrack to life in Brazil and was the music that was played everywhere from houses and hotels to beachside cafes. However, by late 1968 the Bossa Nova no longer seemed the perfect soundtrack to  life in Brazil.

Not after Artur da Costa e Silva became the second President of the Brazilian military government, which came to power after the 1964 coup d’état. Just four years later and Artur da Costa e Silva signed the Fifth Institutional Act on December ’13th’ 1968 which gave him wide-ranging and worrying legislative powers

The Fifth Institutional Act essentially gave  President dictatorial powers, that allowed him dissolve Congress and state legislatures, suspend the constitution and imposed censorship. This was a worrying time for the people of Brazil. 

On August ’31st’ 1969 Artur da Costa e Silva suffered a stroke, and usually the Vice-President would assume control. That didn’t happen and all-state power was assumed by the military joint,command, who later chose General Emílio Garrastazu Médici as the new President.

He was responsible for overseeing a regime that sponsored the greatest human rights abuses of that period. His government persecuted and tortured dissidents, harassed local and censored the free press. Emílio Garrastazu Médici’s government ruled with an iron fist and were responsible for some of worst human right’s abuses anywhere in the world.

To make the plight of the Brazilian people worse, the official minimum wage of the Brazilian workforce was slashed to just a meagre US$40/month. Nearly one-third of the entire Brazilian workforce watched as they lost nearly 50% of its purchasing power and was down the to level of 1960 under the presidency of Juscelino Kubitschek.

In October 1969, a new constitution was in place, and many were torn between staying and beginning a new life overseas. However, within a year Brazil was changing.

Brazil won the soccer World Cup in 1970, and federal, state, and municipal elections were held. Most of the seats were won by the Arena candidates, during what was a new start for  the Brazilian people.

By 1973, electoral college was created and in January 1974 General Ernesto Geisel was elected to be the next President.

Meanwhile, Burnier and Cartier released their eponymous debut album in January 1974. That album was Burnier and Cartier  and has just been reissued by Mr Bongo

Burnier and Cartier.

Having signed to RCA Victor,Burnier and Cartier began writing their debut album. Claudio Cartier and Octavio Burnier penned Só Tem Lugar Pra Você, Parte Capital and Marcante.Cláudio Cartier wrote Aldeia Global and Octavio Burnier contributed Lembrando Ed Kleiger, Deixa Mudar, Mirandolina and Europanema. Octavio Burnier penned Octavio Burnier with Luiz Bonfá, Ai É Que Tá with van Wrigg and Barranco with Gustavo Strunck. These twelve tracks became Burnier and Cartier.

Recording of Burnier and Cartier took place at studios RCA, Rio De Janeiro. Joining Burnier were some of the city’s top season players who recorded an ambitious and innovative album  Burnier and Cartier

Burnier and Cartier was a released to critical acclaim and hailed as  a  genre-melting album which switched between, and fused boogie, disco funk, jazz, Latin and MFB. This new sound represented the new Brazil that was taking shape as 1974 dawned. 

Tracks of the quality as a  Só Tem Lugar Pra Você, Deixa MudarM Ai E Que Ta, Europanema and Marcante. These carefully crafted and orchestrated songs which featured horns, lush string and vocals Burnier and Cartier which was released in January 1974,

While Burnier and Cartier sold well, it never sold in the quantities that executives had hoped. Despite that, Burnier and Cartier released their sophomore in 1976, which was also their swan-song                                                                  

Over the next forty-two years, a new  generation of musicians have discovered Burnier and Cartier which gradually grew in popularity 

Nowadays, Burnier and Cartier, is regarded as their finest hour, and a cult classic from what was an important new musical beginning in Brazil.

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