Refazenda in a World on Fire

Can Refazenda help us rethink how we approach the world? Can the album inspire radical action in fighting climate change? In 2020, it’s hard to think about Brazil without also thinking about the Amazon, deforestation, and the sad state of our environment.  Though produced nearly a half century ago, Gilberto Gil’s Refazenda (1975) is timely in its insistence for humans to rethink our relationship with nature and the land.  That message, subtle but firm throughout the album, includes frightening visions of our world today but also suggests hopeful ways forward…