Veloso hasn't given up on the bodily reality of youth either—his more recent work focuses on the raw emotions of regret, sexual desire, naked hate, and the fear of aging. On 2009's Zii e Zie, his most recent album with the new band, he is determined to pursue an idea of "transambas," in which the heavy drumming of samba is translated through the screeching wails of an electric guitar.
And in the lyrics, these taken from "Perdeu," Caetano Veloso still struggles with the same questions as he did in his youth: "Hell, spat/A god, an animal/a man/sprouted someone/some one/What?Who?"
Spoken like a true rebel.
Caetano Veloso will be honored by the Latin Recording Academy of Arts & Sciences as Person Of The Year in Las Vegas on Thursday, November 14, the night before the Latin Grammys. The gala will include tribute performances by the likes of Seu Jorge, Alexandre Pires, Nelly Furtado, Natalie Cole, Lila Downs, Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra, Tania Libertad, Natalia Lafourcade, Mala Rodriguez and Enrique Bunbury.