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Caetano Veloso & David Byrne Live at Carnegie Hall (Nonesuch) KEITH BRUCE

ALONGSIDE Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso was the celebrated musician- in-exile of Brazil in its years under military dictatorship.

However, you'd be hard pushed to find the voice of the oppressed sounding sweeter than it does in his songs – some of which, like Ile Aiye, you'll be sure to find you already know.

For this high-profile New York concert in 2004 he chose to be joined by David Byrne, an enthusiast for Brazilian music who promoted it on his own Luaka Bop label, and the set is split pretty much 50/50 in the songwriting credits.

Inevitably it is the acoustic versions of some great Talking Heads songs that grab the ear, including a superb version of Life During Wartime, as relevant eight years later as Byrne observed that it "still" was back in spring 2004.

With crucial support from percussionist Mauro Refosco and cellist Jaques Morelenbaum, this is classy contemporary songwriting performed as chamber music, but with a lightness of touch and sense of humour that leaves the listener grinning from ear to ear.

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