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International Festival Singers/Song Writers


Facundo Cabral Award


January-May 2017



 "A SONG FOR PEACE"  is an international festival aimed at contemporary Latin American composers  and has as its main objective to promote the creation of songs about issues related to the human values of dialogue and mutual respect on local, regional and global scales, thus contributing to the mission of the United Religions Initiative (URI).


URI is a global network that promotes inter-religious cooperation towards building cultures of peace, justice and cure for the Earth and all living things (


This Festival draws upon Education for Peace through art, because it stimulates the composition of themes that foster pacific coexistence and the awareness that we are co-creators of the universe. The Festival also promotes to the public – in view of the online voting – the construction of a better society through the cathartic and healing powers of the art of music and also the infectious capacity congregation has of making people dream the same Dream together.


The Festival is itinerant and its promotion, organization and logistics are related to particular actions of URI’s Cooperation Circles in Latin America and in the Caribbean, throughout several countries.


In its first edition, in 2016, the Festival had its closing ceremony in Buenos Aires, Argentina, homeland of the honoree Facundo Cabral.


The Second Edition of the Festival will take place in Brazil. The application process will be online ( from January 10th to February 28th and the closing ceremony will be held in the city of São Luiz do Paraitinga ( – State of São Paulo - from May 12th to May 14th 2017, when the Brazilian composer Gilberto Gil will be honoured with the Facundo Cabral Prize. (


About the honouree in Brazil, the Composer Gilberto Gil:

Gilberto Gil is one of the greatest personalities of Brazilian music, avowed worldwide. His international career has earned him a Grammy in World Music´s Best Album category in 1998 and a Latin Grammy in 2003, among other important awards.

Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira was born in Salvador and spent his childhood in Ituaçu in the interior of Bahia, where he began his interest in music by listening to Orlando Silva and Luiz Gonzaga.

When he was 9 years old, he moved to Salvador and began to learn accordion. When he was 18 he created the “Desafinados Band” (The Dissonants).

During his college studies in business administration he got in touch with contemporary erudite music. In 1962 he recorded his first solo album and met Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethânia and Gal Costa. In the following year together with Tom Zé, as a member of the group, they performed the show “We, For Example (Nós, Por Exemplo), at Vila Velha Theater in Salvador.

Shortly thereafter, Gil moved to São Paulo where he worked for Gessy- Lever. It was in this period that he met Chico Buarque, Torquato Neto and Capinam.

In 1965, he sang the song “Iemanjá”, in the 5th Festival “Balança”, promoted by the Academic Directory of the Law Faculty of Mackenzie University, which was recorded by RCA.

Gil became known at the Elis Regina´s “O Fino da Bossa” TV program, where he presented among others, his compositions “Eu vim da Bahia” (I came from Bahia) and “Louvação (Laudation). With his success, he left his job and signed a contract with Philips, and had his first LP “Louvação” launched in 1967.

Later, in Rio de Janeiro, Gil participated in festivals of TV Record and TV Rio and had his own program, “O Ensaio Geral” (General Essay) at TV Excelsior.

At the 3er Festival of TV Record in 1967 Gil presented “Domingo no Parque” (Sunday in the Park), accompanied by “Os Mutantes” and conquered the second place.

“Alegria, Alegria” (Joy, Joy) by Caetano Veloso was at fourth place, and together with “Domingo no Parque” gave origin to the “tropicalist movement”, which mixed the elements of the cultural industry and topics of Brazilian tradition. Unlike Bossa Nova, “tropicalism” had a critical proposal, showing concern about the country´s social problems.

In 1968 the LPs “Gilberto Gil” and “Tropicalia or Panis et Circensis” were launched which besides the “Mutantes” of Caetano and Gil also included Torquato Neto, Capinam, Gal Costa, Tom Zé and Nara Leão.

In 1969 Gil and Caetano Veloso were branded as “subversives” by the military government and went to exile to England. They returned to Brazil in 1972. Gil launched “Expresso 2222” and “Refazenda”.

In the album “Realce” (Enhancement) of 1969 he showed his interest in reggae and pop music. LPs of this phase are “Luar” (Moonshine), Um Banda Um” (One Band), “Extra” (Extra), Raça Humana” (Human Race), “Dia Dorim” (Dorim Day), “Noite Néon” (Neon Night) and “O Eterno Deus Mu Dança” (The Eternal God Change).

Gil worked with Jimmy Cliff and in 1988 and lauched a Portuguese version of the reggae “No Woman, No Cry” (“Não chores mais”) a success of Bob Marley. In 1993 with Caetano Veloso, he lauched “Tropicalia 2” which included the rap in the track “Haiti”.

In-between his albums “Quanta” and his live version “Quanta Gente Veio Ver” (How Many People Came to See) he launched “O Sol de Oslo” (Oslo´s Sun) by the lable Pau Brasil. In 2000, the partnership with Milton Nascimento resulted the album ”Gil and Milton”.

Among his many successes, the greatest were: “”Preciso Aprender a Só Ser” (I Need to Learn to Be Only), “Eu Só Quero um Xodó” (I Only want a Sweatheart) (Dominguinhos / Anastácia), “Punk da Periferia” (Punk of the Periphery), “Parabolicamará”, “Sítio do Pica-pau Amarelo” (Yelow Picotepelo´s Farm) “Soy Loco por Ti América” (with Capinam), “Realce” (Enhancement), “Toda Menina Baiana” (Every Bahiana Girl), “Drão”, “Se Eu Quiser Falar com Deus” (If I want to Talk to God) and many others.

From 1989 to 1992 Gil was councilman at the Municipality of Salvador by the “Partido Verde” (Green Party). On January 2, 2003 he took office as Minister of Culture under the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and resigned in July 2008 to devote himself to his artistic career.

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(Song text free translated by Susana Huttner Palaia)

If I want to talk to God

I have to stay alone

I have to turn off the light.

I have to shut up

I have to find peace

I have to loosen the knots

Of the shoes, of the tie

Of desires, of fears

I have to forget the date

I have to lose my account.

I have to have empty hands.

To have my soul and body naked

If I want to talk to God

I have to accept the pain.

I have to eat the bread.

That the devil kneaded

I have to turn into a dog

I have to lick the floor.

Of Sumptuous palaces and castles

Of my dreams

I have to see myself sad

I have to find myself dreadful.

And despite a poor size

Rejoice my heart

If I want to talk to God

I have to venture

I have to climb to the skies

Without strings to hold

I have to say goodbye

To turn away, to walk

Decided at the road

That at the end will end in nothing

Nothing nothing nothing nothing

Nothing nothing nothing nothing

Nothing nothing nothing nothing

Of what I thought I would find

Facundo Cabral Award


The URI Regional Coordination for Latin America and the Caribbean in the second edition of the International Festival "A SONG FOR PEACE" 2017, will grant the FACUNDO CABRAL AWARD to honor the singer-songwriter designated World Messenger of Peace by UNESCO in 1996 and activate his legacy of lessons sung or declaimed in the name of love, appreciation for life, faith and human good will, dialogue and tolerance.


Facundo Cabral was a modern-day minstrel, a singer who spontaneously expressed his thoughts; everyone who hears his singing and poetry inevitably connects with dreams and with hope.  He is known throughout the world for his compositions and trova monologues and the anecdotes of his encounters with various personalities, his parables, allegories and prayers, inspiring the awakening of conscience and spiritual reflection. His words and his message are stimulating symbols for the present generations who have to take on the challenge of transcending religious and cultural boundaries to build the culture of peace in the world.


El Festival Internacional de Canta-autores Una Canción por la Paz, premio Facundo Cabral es un Encuentro Internacional que reúne cantautores de América latina y el Caribe, inspirados para cantar a la Paz del Mundo.

En el año 2017, Sao Luiz Do Paraitinga, Brasil fue el escenario mágico para unir 13 canta-autores Latinoamericanos donde se conjugó la diversidad cultural y la riqueza musical de Brasil, Colombia, Chile, México y Venezuela, en torno a un propósito transformacional tocando el alma hacia la búsqueda del valor que da sentido a la vida, "la paz" el puente de energía de amor, solidaridad y respeto que une a los pueblos y sensibiliza el género humano por "un mundo mejor".

El Impacto de reunir 13 canta-autores y músicos de diferentes latitudes motivó tanto a la organización del festival, como a los representantes de URI en la Región de América Latina y el Caribe presentes en este evento a la creación del primer Círculo de Cooperación Latinoamericano de Músicos de URI, cuyo propósito es la producción, difusión y promoción de canciones con mensajes de paz, unión y armonía entre pueblos con profundo amor a la madre tierra.

Después de la creación del CC Latinoamericano de músicos surgió esta obra discográfica "FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CANTA-AUTORES UNA CANCIÓN POR LA PAZ, PREMIO FACUNDO CABRAL" que contiene trece temas musicales con un mensaje multicultural y que este 2019 se hace realidad gracias al patrocinio de URI AL&C para así abrir un nuevo espacio en la región latinoamericana.

Canciones del CD:

  1. 1)COISA BOA A GENTE ESPALHA / Guilherme Moscardini. Brasil
  2. 2) PONTO EM COMUN/ Rodrigo Régis. Brasil
  3. 3) CANCIÓN VIVA / Gerardo Ochoa. México
  4. 4) COMPAÑERO CANTOR / Fernando Salazar. Colombia
  5. 5) DESCUBRIÉNDO /Constanza Lis. Venezuela
  6. 6) EL JARDÍN DE LAS IDEAS /Adrián.Una canción necesaria. Colombia
  7. 7) SANA LA HERIDA / Loreto Lorca. Chile
  8. 8) NADA ES AJENO / Alfonzo Lirikowsky. México
  9. 9) AMOR QUE EU SAO / Manu Saggioro. Brasil
  10. 10) SOY ESE LUGAR /Andreamaría. El Canto que Inspira. Venezuela
  11. 11) EL SECRETO /Ángel Díaz. Venezuela
  12. 12) LA VIDA ES LA MEJOR CANCIÓN. /Jairo Morán.Venezuela
  13. 13) FOR YOURS / Moreno Overá. Brasil.