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Goiânia lives the mourning for Marília Mendonça


The table in the corner of the sidewalk of the Aquarius bar was empty this Friday night. It was there that Marília Mendonça, 26, used to sit on Monday afternoons. Out of respect for her, the place was reserved for her absence, after the country singer’s death, which had occurred hours before in a plane crash. “We are in shock”, summed up the bar manager, Valmir Cristino Carvalho, showing the artist’s favorite dish, a portion of tilapia. The night at Parque das Laranjeiras, the most popular area of ​​Goiânia, was one of sadness. The bars, which are usually full on Fridays, were empty. The hometown of the sertanejo, who saw Marília become an icon of Brazilian music with her lyrics from suffering, is in mourning. He prematurely lost one of his dearest daughters. “Marília sang what we were. No song escaped the reality of someone who loves”, was moved by dentist Taís Alves, one of the few to occupy one of the tables at Aquarius this Friday, alongside her husband, lawyer João Vitor Franco. “That was her environment. The bar will never be the same again”, he stated.

The owner of the hoarse voice that began composing at age 12, became the most popular artist in Brazil at the time and won a Latin Grammy in 2019, now leaves a void in the city. While the bars were almost completely empty, two kilometers away, a line began to form at 10 pm in front of the Ginásio Goiânia Arena, where the artist’s body would be taken the next day. From Morrinhos, a city three hours from Goiânia, 32-year-old Laiene Rodrigues was the first to arrive to say goodbye. Moved, she cried when she remembered songs that marked Marília’s career and her own life. “She sang my life. I’m not believing it,” he said. Depressed after a disappointment in love, Laiane is the representation of an audience that supported itself in stanzas that ranged from melancholy to overcoming difficulties. “I suffered a lot for love and I went to sleep listening to Marília. I took a shower listening to Marília. I turned on her music so I wouldn’t die of sadness.” Another fan, Thaís Bahia, 18, was inconsolable. “I have no words. She was my voice. What I couldn’t say, she said”, he summarized, already in line on Friday night.

The singer’s body arrived at the gymnasium around 12:30 pm this Saturday, along with her uncle Abicieli Silveira Dias Filho. Both died during the crash of the plane that was taking Marília and her team to a concert in the city of Caratinga, in Minas Gerais. The Brazilian Air Force’s Cenipa (Air Accident Investigation and Prevention Center) is investigating whether the cause of the fall was a collision with high-voltage wires. In addition to the artist and her uncle, her producer, Henrique Ribeiro, the pilot and co-pilot of the aircraft, also died. Even before the opening of the gates, the line of fans to enter the place had already gathered thousands of people.

Arislane Curado da Conceição, 26, was one of those who waited in the line of about a kilometer that formed at 3 pm at the entrance to the gym. A few months ago, she received a video of Marília thanking the fan for a tattoo on her calf with the phrase: “Is it your fault for having that smile or is it my fault for falling in love with it?, lyrics by Whose fault is it?, one of the singer’s hits. “I learned with Marília what love is, what suffering is, what survival is. Through her I learned what a relationship is”, he emphasized, after saying goodbye to the artist. Nurse Renata Lima de Souza had sent a direct on Instagram for the singer less than 30 minutes before the accident. Listening to the newest song, everyone but you, she cried, alone, sitting on the curb as she left the gym. “I used her music to work out, to drive. I’m on my third marriage and she used to sing the day to day of a frustrated woman, but who ends up getting over it. There’s no better music than surpasses”.

“I only listened to rock music, but walking around town, buying cigarettes or coxinha, I used to hear that train and I liked it. He listened on the phone with shame from his friends. In 2017 I spent time in São Paulo, listening to Marília and missing her. She helped me to break down prejudice and meet the culture of Goiás. She was anti-Bolsonarist and represented me a lot”, says law student Geovanna Rosa, 25, also this Saturday. “It’s an immeasurable sadness. The countryman became impoverished.”