That old black magic has me in its spell…
That old black magic that you weave so well
Music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Ah, but here in Brazil it’s more than a metaphor. Meet Vanju, profession macumbeiro…black magician.
Who works in the service of good (and against the bad), and who when not conjuring in the evenings can be found with his customary cigar and glass of cerveja in front of O Cravinho do Carlinhos on Rua João de Deus (John of God Street).
When he speaks in tongues it’s Yorubá.