Woman and man of the year

16 12 2014

Woman of the year was Solange: she didn’t release any new music, but riding high on last year’s True EP she still managed to dominate the year with her much-reported fisticuffs in an elevator, hipster wedding and dreamy Brazilian honeymoon, all showcased to the world via her sharp instragramming skills. An all-around 2014 lifestyle icon.

Ilbonito’s man of the year though is a more obscure pick: Brazilian artist Jaloo. Why? Because he seems to offer the promise of globalisation at its most exciting, that an androgynous indie boy growing up listening to brega music on the banks of the Amazon could transform himself into an avant garde star of techno-brega-pop with one foot firmly in his homeland of Northeastern Brazil, and his eyes set firmly on the glittering firmament of the Western world’s top 40, via killer remixes of Kylie and Adele and this wonderful Miley Cyrus cover, all the while dressed like Lady Gaga in Rio Xingu facepaint.A true man of the times.

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