Multicultural Sounds: Pearls Negras – Biggie Apple Mixtape

Pearls Negras

Get your heads spinning with these tracks from Brazil’s girl-pop-rap group, Pearls Negras, who have a new Biggie Apple mixtape out now for your consumable pleasure. Somehow the nitty-gritty of these jams, their harsh Portuguese delivery, and the fact that these bitchez be from the super real streets of Rio blows this shit out of the water even more explosively than any potential English counterparts. Incredible, in the best of ways, and if the heavy beats and mad lip service aren’t convincing enough, check them out in the booty shorts and spandex-heavy music video for “Pensando em Você” (“Thinking About You”), which is also translated below. (PS – Don’t be too thrown off by the halfway-point pop song in the mixtape; they’re probably just showing you they’re more than just one trick ponies, in true K-Pop fashion.)

Pearls Negras – “Pensando em Você” Music Video

“Pensando em Você” Lyrics
Pensando em você // Thinking about you
Escrevo essa canção // I write this song
Com o sentimento // With the feeling
Que está no meu coração // That’s inn my heart
O seu olhar me alucina // Your eyes drive me crazy
O seu rosto me fascina // your face fascinates me
Não posso negar // I can’t deny it // I really can’t deny
Qu’eu quero ser sua mina // I wanna be yours
O seu jeito engraçado // You have your funny ways
Contigo me sinto bem // With you I feel okay
Só consigo te amar // I can only love you
Você e mais ninguem // And nobody else
O seu rosto angelical // With your angelic face
Começo a passar mal // I start feeling dizzy
Garoto, você é sensacional // Boy, you’re sensational
O amor nasce de quase nada // love is born of nothing
E more de quase tudo // And dies of everything
Por você eu vou // For you I’ll go
até ao fim do mundo // to the end of the world
Você não tem nenhum defeito // you don’t have flaws
P’ra você tiro o chapéu // I take my hat to you
E fico perguntando // And I ask myself
Se você caiu do céu // If you fell from the sky
Estou muito contente // I’m really happy
Te amo loucamente // Love you like crazy
Só por um momento // Only for a moment
Me ame enternamente // Love me till eternity
Só terá a paz // You’ll just have peace
E não a dor // And never pain
E nós teremos tudo // and we’ll have everything
Com a força do amor x2 // with the power of love
Pensando em você… // thinking about you
É isso ai perolas negras // That’s the way perolas negras


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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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