The Nels Cline Singers Share ‘Segunda’ Single

By Nate Todd Nov 4, 2020 3:21 pm PST

The Nels Cline Singers shared the single, “Segunda,” a cover from Brazilian composer and musician Caetano Veloso. The song is set to land on the Cline-led collective’s upcoming album, Share The Wealth, which arrives on November 13 via Blue Note Records.

This newest version of the Nels Cline Singers consists of the renowned Wilco guitarist as well as longtime collaborator and drummer Scott Amendola, saxophonist Skerik, keyboardist Brian Marsella, bassist Trevor Dunn and percussionist Cyro Baptista. Cline first heard “Segunda” listening to Briazilian singer Gal Costa. Veloso produced Costa’s 2011 album, Recanto, on which Costa included the song.

Cline explained the impetus behind “Segunda” and more in a press release. Read his words below:

The inspiration was from hearing the Gal Costa studio version. Yuka [Honda] and I just love that album, which Caetano Veloso produced. I didn’t know anything about the lyrics so I asked Cyro’s wife, Eleonora Alberto, who offered to translate it. It turns out the lyrics are extremely poetic and timely. The song is essentially like a Black Lives Matter anthem. It’s about a black Brazilian ruminating on how people think that blacks are lazy and that the light-skinned people are the industrious people. And it incorporates the idea of White Monday, which is a Catholic holiday in Brazil. So Caetano uses this idea of the working man and the holiday and the legacy of black slavery in Brazil as this kind of potent, poetic statement. And Skerik just launches on this one.

Segunda arrived with an accompanying music video directed by Toni Nogueira and Sergio Gag featuring scenes from the favelas outside of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Watch it below:

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