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Originally performed by Gilberto Gil. This is a unique treatment by Cleveland Watkiss, Larry Bartley and Jonathan Gee. Breathing a different life into a classic song to create a classic album.


‘EU VIM DA BAHIA’-Gilberto Gil

Eu vim
Eu vim da Bahia cantar
Eu vim da Bahia contar
Tanta coisa bonita que tem
Na Bahia, que é meu lugar
Tem meu chão, tem meu céu, tem meu mar
A Bahia que vive pra dizer
Como é que se faz pra viver
Onde a gente não tem pra comer
Mas de fome não morre
Porque na Bahia tem mãe Iemanjá
De outro lado o Senhor do Bonfim
Que ajuda o baiano a viver
Pra cantar, pra sambar pra valer
Pra morrer de alegria
Na festa de rua, no samba de roda
Na noite de lua, no canto do mar

Eu vim da Bahia
Mas eu volto pra lá
Eu vim da Bahia
Mas algum dia eu volto pra lá

I Came From Bahia
(Eu Vim da Bahia)
Music & lyrics: Gilberto Gil. English lyrics by J.C. Schütz.
© Preta Music, Inc.


from Song Diasporas, released October 21, 2016
Cleveland Watkiss Voice
Larry Bartley Acoustic Bass
Jonathan Gee Piano and additional Vocals
Produced By Simon Lowry, Cleveland Watkiss, James Joseph
Mixed and Mastered by James Joseph at Joseph Studios
Cover Image by Sky Bleu
Stylist Shantel Willock
Cover Art Design by James Joseph



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Cleveland Watkiss London, UK

Born in the East End of London, virtuoso vocalist, actor and composer Watkiss studied the voice at the London School of Singing with opera coach Arnold Rose and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Cleveland was also one of the co-founders of the vastly influential Jazz Warriors big band. His vocals can be heard on their debut album, Out of Many People, which won a video award in Japan. ... more

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