A statement by Rio’s current carnival champion, Leandro Vieira, sparked controversy in the world of samba and, of course, on social media.
“Maybe the judges are afraid to take away points based on what became the consensus before the parade,” he told the magazine.
One of the authors of Samba, Diego Nicolau made posts refuting the speech. “That’s more or less what happens with your work @leandrovieirarj. It’s already overrated on the day of the parade. I do it myself because I’m an admirer of your art. I’m just really sorry about your comment. I just don’t think you needed it”, he wrote.
“Imagine if I’m going to give an interview and say that this or that drums deserved very low marks even though I’m not even a rhythm player. Anyway”, added Nicolau.
Another samba composer, comedian Marcelo Adnet stated that “everyone has the right to have an opinion”, but believes that the carnivalesque could have been more careful.
“I think this is not an important issue, as it is just an opinion, everyone has the right to have an opinion, opinion is subjective, it is nothing definitive, but when talking in public about other people’s work, especially when it comes to carnival, which is a collective and subjective work, I think there is always room for greater care. But that’s it, no problem. The game goes on.”
On social media, there were those who asked Leandro: “A statement like that, coming from someone like you, for such an important vehicle, doesn’t it have the same effect of influencing the judgment before the parade?”, wrote Pedro Simões, an avowed fan of Leandro Vieira. See below some posts about Vieira’s statement.
To g1, Leandro stated that some of his lines sounded “out of context” and who called this Friday (2) personally to some people involved with samba to explain.
“I have admiration and appreciation for many of those involved with the school’s work and with some fans. I personally called some, just as I did with the carnival team [Marcus Ferreira]the entangler [Fábio Fabato] and one of the samba composers. Everyone, people with whom I keep in touch and celebrate their work”, said Vieira.
According to the carnival worker, the idea was to talk about pre-judgments and the process of how social networks have an impact – for all schools and not just for Youth – on carnival.
“There were 9 months of conversations and interviews throughout a monthly construction process on the most varied subjects of the pre-carnival period and some statements sound out of context. At the time, in November, the subject was the pre-judgment of plots, sambas, costumes and carnival discussed in social media times. I gave countless examples about pre-judgment over the last few years and how much the work of schools in different sectors is influenced by this.”
Whether or not it is the result of the “digital marketing” mentioned by Leandro, the fact is that Mocidade’s samba broke the bubble of samba fanatics and reached the general public.
The plot about the cashew fruit – an assumed flirtation with the lighter carnivals and champions of the association in the 80s and 90s – generated a samba that went viral and was the most listened to song in Rio de Janeiro on New Year’s Eve, according to the Spotify platform. Since then, it has continued to chart and be played at parties.
Reports and even Mayor Eduardo Paes have already commented that 2024 can already be considered the “cashew summer”.
The work “Pede caju que I give… Pé de caju que gives” is signed by the actor and comedian Marcelo Adnet, by the veteran Paulinho Mocidade and by Diego Nicolau, Richard Valença, Orlando Ambrósio, Gigi da Estiva, Lico Monteiro and Cabeça do Ajax.
Samba goes against the trend of denser sambas that arrived on the Avenue, especially from 2016 onwards.