The band Olodum paid tribute to Michael Jackson in Salvador today.
At Largo do Pelourinho, where the American star recorded part of the clip for the song “They Don’t Care About Us” with the group in February 1996, 30 musicians from the band gathered to play for those passing by.
“We’re celebrating his life, not mourning his death,” said musician Ubiraci Carvalho, “Bira Jackson”, 37.
Bira was one of the stars of the music video 13 years ago. In the video, he is the percussionist who constantly appears behind the singer, often with the drum raised over his head – a gesture that ended up becoming his trademark. “He changed everything in my life, even my name,” he said.
At the time, he was known as “Bira Bad-Boy” because of his different hairstyles. From that day on, Ubiraci Carvalho became “Bira Jackson”.
“It was the most beautiful day of my life,” he said.
“I became known all over the world, just like Olodum. We’re all crying.”
Olodum with Michael Jackson in Salvador de Bahia
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