Carnaval is an annual Brazilian festival that marks the beginning of Lent. It brings together the country's varied cultural influences into two weeks full of parades, music and dancing. It’s the most popular holiday in Brazil, and in pre-COVID times drew millions of people to the country.
But Padhila’s “Outro Carnaval” is not a typical Brazilian carnaval song. Instead of the celebratory lyrics often associated with carnaval music, it highlights injustices that are currently taking place in Brazil. Padhila wrote the song after Brazil's former culture minister directly quoted Nazi Germany's propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels in a speech. The song’s message speaks to Padilha’s disagreement with the current Brazilian government and his dreams for the future.
No, I’m not afraid of the darkness, I’m not
But I’m afraid of the clear disdain, that went beyond
No, I’ve already lived so many things in my life
But I don’t remember of seeing the wound this way, so exposed
Lyrics from “Outro Carnaval”