SAO PAULO (Reuters) – On Friday, musician Rodrigo Cunha and his piano zipped down an elevated highway in a gritty section of downtown Sao Paulo, playing tunes written by Brazil’s most famous composers, from Tom Jobim to Vinicius de Moraes.
Pianist Rodrigo Cunha serenades from an open truck the lonely mothers in quarantine as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 8, 2020. Picture taken May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli
Dressed in a dark blue suit, wearing a plastic face shield and riding atop a modified flatbed truck, Cunha is a conspicuous presence on the Minhocao, a highway weaving through graffiti-covered buildings that has become a symbol the city’s urban grit.
But with South America’s largest metropolis under quarantine, the surreal has become increasingly normal in recent weeks. This is one of the few ways, Cunha says, he can serenade the region’s mothers, many of whom are forced to pass this Mother’s Day without…
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