Track of the Week

Have you seen the film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou? Well you should have. Definitely one of my favourite films anyway, and stars the mighty Bill Murray. But… it also features a lot of acoustic music with singing in Portuguese. That was Seu Jorge, he played the part of Pelé dos Santos in The Life Aquatic, the ship’s safety man, but mainly all he did in the film was sing songs. But the special thing about these songs was the fact he was playing acoustic versions of David Bowie tracks… in Portuguese – Seu Jorge’s native tongue (he is Brazilian). David Bowie himself was quoted to have said; “Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs acoustically in Portuguese I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.” So, here is one of those tracks…

Seu Jorge – Starman
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This download is a sample of the music only and must be deleted from your computer within 24 hours of downloading. This download link will expire on 14th July.

Originally some of the tracks could only be heard on the film itself, or the film’s accompanying soundtrack. But then last year an album was released that contained all of the Seu Jorge ‘Bowie’ covers, called; The Life Aquatic – Studio Sessions featuring Seu Jorge, and this is available to buy from most retailers.

Seu Jorge is definitely an interesting character, a famed singer/songwriter back in his home country of Brazil and also an actor. He played the part of Knockout Ned in one of my other favourite films; City Of God. But as David Bowie said, Seu has managed to find further beauty in these covers and very much made them his own. I would highly recommend any acoustic fans to purchase this album, it’s beautiful.

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  • Ell

    No way! Knockout-Ned => Seu Jorge. This did not occur to me.

  • Ell

    No way! Knockout-Ned => Seu Jorge. This did not occur to me.

  • http://www.naodigonada.net/ Miguel

    This man was one of Brazil’s best kept secrets of the last years and if it wasn’t for ‘Cidade de Deus’ it still would be! I’m going to see him live next August. That should be a concert to remember!

  • http://www.naodigonada.net/ Miguel

    This man was one of Brazil’s best kept secrets of the last years and if it wasn’t for ‘Cidade de Deus’ it still would be! I’m going to see him live next August. That should be a concert to remember!

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    It’s true, Ell. He was the mild mannered bus driver/turned pyscho, Knockout Ned!

    Miguel, have fun mate, I’d love to see him live!

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    It’s true, Ell. He was the mild mannered bus driver/turned pyscho, Knockout Ned!

    Miguel, have fun mate, I’d love to see him live!

  • ingrid

    wah I LOVE that movie, and the portugese bowie songs were just great. thanks for letting me know who he was :O

  • ingrid

    wah I LOVE that movie, and the portugese bowie songs were just great. thanks for letting me know who he was :O

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Yeah, it’s a great movie on so many levels.

    No worries, glad to have helped! :-)

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Yeah, it’s a great movie on so many levels.

    No worries, glad to have helped! :-)

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