More information on the song and a video here: thehumansoundproject.com/human-soun…fe-brazil/
The Human Sound Project was brought to Recife, Pernambuco - Brazil, by the JCPM institute, to work with the young people involved with their program. JCPM provide after school programs for young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods around Brazil, giving support and training in key skills such as English, Information Technology and Maths. These are essential life skills and are also important for to equip the young people for entering the job market.
Part of JCPM's programming also includes extra curricular activities such as art and music to provide some extra soul to their program. This is why were were brought on and also to create great songs and videos for the young people involved and the organisation.
We proposed a two day program with the group of 30 young people from Recife. There was so much talent and stardust in the group, a standard four hour workshop would not be enough to let them shine.
This song was created entirely by the young people of Recife: their stories, their sounds, their dance.
Recife is famous for its Maracatu and given we had a small contingent of the participants from an actual Maractatu group, we decided to draw on this talent and their love of the genre - the group laid down a Maracatu beat using drums and body percussion to form the basis of the song.
We then moved to the part of the workshop where we write lyrics. This normally starts with sharing our stories around a given topic or theme. Given most of this group had become a part of JCPM because of the belief in themselves to go further in life, we asked the group to recount an experience in their life which led them to believe in themselves! A strong experience where they felt truly great.
Inspiring stories were told about this theme. For example Dionara shared a story where she had inspired a student she was tutoring to become a teacher themselves. From these stories words were transcribed, and these words were used to form the lyrics of the song.
When it came to sound making, we formed a circle and the group were taught circle singing. They split into four sections: bass, tenor, alto and saprano with each section improvising a different vocal part and then singing their parts all together. The group brought in some melodies from their favorite Recife songs (Chico Science), improvised body percussion and also brought in their own improvised vocal patterns!
Once we had recorded the beat, and the circle song, the group was then split into four with each group finding their own way to perform their verse and one group dedicated to creating the chorus.
Each verse was recorded the entire group came together to perform the chorus!
A bitter sweet goodbye was shared! We will miss eachother a lot.