The songwriter Rita Leeconsidered the “queen” of Brazilian rock, she died in São Paulo at the age of 75 years oldas reported by his family on Tuesday, May 9 on social networks.
The artist, who was diagnosed with a lung cancer in 2021died on Monday “at his residence in São Paulo, last night, surrounded by all the love of her familyas he always wanted,” reads a statement posted on his Instagram account.
Rebellious in the Brazilian way, well outside, avant-garde, innovative, he started in tropicalism but did not hesitate to abandon the genre to encourage rock, pop, the Beatles. She has sold about 60 million records, entered before everyone else, proudly defending her sexual freedom.
“I like to swim against the tide, I like contempt for the authorities”, is heard in the documentary about his life, black sheep (2007). A composer on the level of Stevie Wonder, by Tom Jobin. A genius whose death paralyzed Brazil.
“Rita Lee she has offered generations of girls in Brazil the most privileged sex education through her songs, which could be considered sex-pedagogical. They heard about sex through beautiful songs, in a cheerful, sometimes humorous way, in an honest way, in a way where Eros was more present than Thanatos,” she said. Tom ZeBrazilian musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
“They had a lot of guts to do what they did during a military regime,” he said in an interview with mtvduring his visit to Brazil in 1993, Kurt Cobainwhen asked about Os Mutantes, the group Rita founded in the 1960s.
In 2021 she was diagnosed with lung cancer which got worse in February this year when she was hospitalized in delicate condition.
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