Magda Machado


I had a farm in Brazil for 33 years, and it gradually became a natural reserve because I could not take care of it from afar, and without financial means. I always thought that the vocation of that land, in the heart of the Brazilian Cerrado, was to just go back to being a sea of trees and a haven for wildlife and become a legacy to future generations - and I wanted to preserve it. In the end, I had to let go of it, and the last thing I did while I was there, was to make this song in 2014, under the highest jatobazeiro on the land, and in it I sang the kind of love it inspires in me. The Jatobá tree is a marvel, it can grow 30 meters high, and indigenous people believe that its fruit has the power to heal and to bring wisdom, bringing balance to our desires, feelings and thoughts. When I was a little girl, I loved its strange fruit and always felt strengthened and stimulated in its presence - but I have been a tree-hugger as long I can remember. Arnaldo Freire transcribed the melody, while Dudu Sete-Cordas came up with the harmony used in this recording. Arrangement was done by Dudu Maia, who was also the sound engineer. Recorded in Brasilia, at Estudio Casa do Som - in 2015.


 Eu vim só pra dizer que te amo
Desde sempre, para sempre.
Uma semente germinou e cresceu
Forte-forte, alto-alto, como Jatobá
E as raízes adentram a terra
Cavando da terra o gôzo da vida
Que alimenta o nosso amor.

Ouvi o som da terra no rio
Do barranco o canto manso
Da corredeira a nos levar
Cachoeira, palmeira à beira
Das águas onde o amor nasceu e voou
Alto-alto, forte-forte, como Jatobá.

Entre o azul do céu
E o calor da terra
Entre folha e raíz
Corre a seiva do nosso amor
Doce esquisito
Fruta única


Hear me say that I love you
Since always, and forever.
A seed sprouted and grew
Very strong, very high, like Jatobá
Its roots dug into the earth
Bearing out the joy of life
That nurtures our loving.

I heard the sound of the earth
From the river bank. The mellow song
Of the current took us  
Waterfall, palm-tree-lined pool
From where love came and rose up
Very high, very strong, like Jatobá.

The lushness of our love flows
Between the blue of the sky
And the heat of the earth
Between leaf and root
Strange sweetness
Singular fruit

Maguinha - vocals, Dudu Sete Cordas - 7-string-guitar, shaker, Bruno Patrício - flute, Valerinho Xavier – brushes. Arranged by Dudu Maia. Hong Kong, 2013