David Bowie would have probably liked this set up: the Brazilian musician and actor Seu Jorge, who grew up in the favelas of Rio De Janeiro, covers a few of his songs in Portuguese for a Wes Anderson directed movie starring Bill Murray, as captain Steve Zissou, who has a remarkable resemblance with the famous oceanographer Jaques Cousteau.
Five of the cover songs were part of the original score. Jorge went on to record ten more of Bowie’s songs in his native tongue. The result is pop music in it’s purest way.
A combination of Seu Jorge’s beautiful voice, Bowies on point songwriting, the nostalgia of hearing the cords from songs like „Changes“, „Life On Mars“ or „Starman“ (called „Astronauta de Mármore“ by Jorge) and the poetic sounding Portuguese translation. David Bowie was quoted: „Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.“
After his death we had to except the fact, that there will never again be any new art of his. But at least Seu Jorge decided to go on tour again and play his interpretation in Berlin June 6th, so David Bowie’s music can still exist in another language.