He entered the scene on a motorbike, said goodbye about an hour later and assured that he had lived a special day. Upon her return to the City of Rock, four years after first performing at Parque da Bela Vista, Anitta presented herself with enhanced status among today’s biggest pop stars and was welcomed by a bespoke audience. It will not be an exaggeration to say that it was one of the most awaited concerts this summer on the national stages, to the point of having helped to sell out the last date of Rock in Rio Lisboa (and the only one of this edition to reach this level).
In her luggage, the Brazilian brought a collection of hits in a logic that, if not everything for everyone, revealed a remarkable eclecticism: from baile funk to reggaeton, electronic rock hits to a “Girl From Rio” the bridge between house and the world, a legacy of “Garota de Ipanema” which trades Portuguese for English and accepts other sound contaminations.
Fans, visibly eager to join the party wholeheartedly, were quick to follow in the footsteps of the singer and the many dancers who, like the musicians (?), saw reduced protagonism on the side screens and in the background. of scene. – and anyone who was at a considerable distance from the center of events (a significant part of the 80,000 present) had to resort to it to follow the movements of the artists. The problem is that the director almost always chose to give priority to the singer, and particularly to her cock strokes, to the detriment of the team that accompanied her – and who, moreover, were not even not featured, except for guest MC Rebecca in “Fighter.” .
The interludes where Anitta changed her clothes were the only exception, the dancers demonstrating capoeira, but the singer’s main argument was neither her voice (often leaving her with suspicion of playback) nor the dancing (without particularly creative choreography ), nor the moments when she addressed the public, to whom she repeated “You are fuck” and guaranteed to be delighted with the return.
He also admitted that he was living one of the most beautiful days of his life, a strange sharing in the face of such a mechanical performance, with no room for great spontaneity or memorable moments of communion. Not even for big provocations, no matter how naughty and lustful the lyrics and sound of singles like “Vai Malandra” or “Envolver” come off as. Unless you’re shocked by the constant tail wagging in 2022 (remember Madonna is already sixty), promoted as the show’s biggest event, this assortment of urban pop is nothing short of a transgressor. (yes, there was a shy kiss on the mouth between the singer and a dancer) and lots of derivatives and pasteurized.
From time to time, a few lively instrumentals were heard, especially those closer to baile funk, but far from the brutality, sweat and relaxation with which the compatriots Tetine or Bonde do Rolê, among others who contributed to exporting the son, had been at the party for over ten years. Anitta takes so many seasonings from the original recipe that she ends up playing it cautiously, which didn’t stop “Sua Cara”, “Modo Turbo” or the unmissable “Show das Poderosas” (served at the end with an electric guitar cover) corresponding and complete to the expectations of many who had been waiting for this concert for months.
Closing the night on the Mundo Stage, after HMB and Jason Derulo also came by, Post Malone performed alone and also had a very popular venue to hear songs from his recent chamber album “Twelve Carat Toothache”, released this month. Dressed in a t-shirt from the “Lord of the Rings” movies, the American performed in front of a mostly teenage audience, who never got tired of singing many of his themes. Like someone who is surrounded by friends, the singer and rapper drank and smoked, was enthusiastic about the company and wasn’t afraid to take on a naked stage.
Pulling words between pre-recorded music, save for occasional moments on acoustic guitar (which he ended up destroying, in a supposed fit of rebellion to add to the usual swear words), he also took part in a virtual duet. with Ozzy Osbourne with pyrotechnic precept and membership was not lacking in his inner dives which crossed hip-pop, pop and r&b on themes like “Wow”, “Better Now” or “Insane” for about an hour. A shorter length than many fans perhaps expected, but which, as in the case of Anitta, will not have compromised a rewarding night for most of them.
The shows of the mighty Rock Your Street
In one of the first performances of the day, Titica was among the biggest surprises of this edition of the festival. And one of the brightest, in a show that also owes a lot to a superb group and four dancers, all to match the unstoppable energy of the Angolan woman.
Between the tradition of her homeland and hints of urban music, the transgender artist was not only charismatic and witty when addressing the audience, but also launched an exciting mix of kuduro with other rhythmic languages. .
In the service of languorous episodes and others more accelerated (with a large advantage for the seconds), it was a particularly powerful performance when it took advantage of the shock between the guitars and the percussions, sometimes reminiscent of the rockuduro of the Portuguese-Angolan Throes + The Shine or the universe of Pongo (it is no coincidence that Titica collaborated on the first solo album of the former singer of Buraka Som Sistema, the recent “Sakidila”).
Demolishers, “Come e Baza” (dedicated to the Brazilian Pabllo Vittar) and “Chocalho” gained weight and strength compared to the recorded versions and showed their natural territory on stage. The same can be said of “Chão Chão”, which over the past ten years has become the greatest anthem of this trip – and had rigorous choreography, with dancers and many spectators leaning in at the singer’s request.
Meanwhile, the early-afternoon host of the Rock Your Street scene has taken a swipe at homophobia and people “who don’t respect difference”, or who haven’t been avowed activists since the the beginning of his career. At the end, the dancers were on stage, sharing a traditional Angolan dance and winning some of the biggest applause in an infectious performance. “I wanted to show a bit of our culture beyond kuduro,” he explained, inviting a fan up on stage to follow his moves. And it will certainly have left those who joined the concert eager to rejoin it on other stages – from B.Leza to Festival Músicas do Mundo or Arraial Lisboa Pride, there are many where a show like this deserves to be celebrated. have room to shine.
Summoning even more audiences, a few hours later, the Brazilian Johnny Hooker took to Rock Your Street a concert that also brought together rhythmic shakes and a committed attitude. Without mincing words, the singer from Recife criticized the “killer government” of his country, “which deliberately delayed” the arrival of vaccines against COVID-19. The declaration was among the episodes most applauded by an audience mostly drawn from his compatriot and who showed that they knew his songs, many of which centered on homosexual relations (and with the right to rainbow flags with Lula da Silva in the front rows). This was the case of “Amor Marginal”, dedicated to André, a friend of the artist who died as a victim of COVID-19. Already “Caetano Veloso” paid homage to one of its references, alongside David Bowie and Madonna, even if whoever saw it, in gothic mode, may have remembered more the iconography of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, of which this piece which shamelessly mixes MPB, rock, brega and even flamenco seems to be a spiritual descendant.
On the other hand, Idiotape closed one of the most interesting stages of Rock in Rio Lisbon at a time when many were already thinking about having dinner before getting ready to receive Anitta. And that’s why the South Korean trio didn’t get the support their sonic brilliance deserved, even if they may have gotten too close to the more strident side of Daft Punk, Justice and other door-to-doors. flags of maximum French electronics. The force, charged with two elements in the programming and one in the battery, still converted some when it came to recharging the batteries, but it would have had another impact after the farewells of Anitta and Post Malone.
Rock in Rio Lisboa 2022 took place on June 18, 19, 25 and 26. The return of the festival is already confirmed for 2024.