So, why Gilberto Gil’s Refazenda?

Marc Hertzman on his his new addition to 33 1/3 Brazil. During the 1970s, Gilberto Gil produced a remarkable musical trilogy: Refazenda (1975), Refavela (1977), and Realce (1979).  Of the three, Refavela is probably the most popular and widely discussed, and Realce includes, among other hits, a beautiful cover of “No Woman, No Cry,” with Portuguese lyrics.  So, why Refazenda?  Reasons person, political, aesthetic, and intellectual drew me to the album. A couple of chance encounters with Refazenda over the years illustrate the album’s—and Gil’s—larger significance.  I first stumbled upon…