José Camelô

André Ramiro debuted as an actor in Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad), a film famously billed as the most watched Brazilian DVD ever. A leaked version of the film flooded the streets of Brazil to be sold by camelô (street vendors) three months before the cinema debut. Now André Ramiro’s album debut as a rapper features a song written from the perspective of a camelô.

I remember hearing André rapping an earlier version of this song in 2008 when I began my fieldwork. It’s great to hear the recorded version and its samba pagode elements. Yes to the quica!

A nice line from the song, which may or may not be lost in translation:

“They want to take me off the streets so the gringo won’t see me/                                           But everyone including the president’s watched my DVD”

The whole album Crônicas de um Rimador is available for streaming and free download.

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