Friday, February 26, 2010

The Prophet of Kindness (Profeta Gentileza)

Marisa Monte wrote this beautiful song about a street poet, who walked the streets of Rio de Janeiro, preaching a message of kindness in the purported murder capital of the world.

In her essay here, she explains, "What generates violence is the anonymity and loneliness we feel in the middle of a crowd.

Gentileza used to preach fraternal love and urged people to devote their attentions to others and create intimacy with each other.

A prophet is somebody who lights up the people."

The song is off her seminal 2000 album "Memories, Chronicles, and Declarations of Love" The song is titled simply "Gentileza"

See the song here:

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