In the most tragic and intense moments of the last installment, this song sounds with the sweet voice of Cecilia Krull.
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In the closing minutes of season 5 of The Money Heist a sweet woman’s voice sounds that contrasts with what is happening on the screen: the death of Tokio (Úrsula Corberó). The one who sings is Cecilia Krull, the same one who interprets the tune that has been accompanying us all these years. And the song is titled ‘Grândola Vila Morena’. The music fits very well with the ending of the character, but why did they choose that song?
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‘Grândola, Vila Morena’ maintains the essence that the series has had from the beginning: the revolution. It is a Portuguese song composed by José ‘Zeca’ Afonso that became one of the symbols of the Carnation Revolution produced in the country in 1974. On the night of April 25 of that year, it was broadcast on Rádio Renascença as a call to revolution..
The uprising caused the fall of the New State regime that had absolute power and had not called elections since 1925. That was the moment when democracy returned to Portugal and gave independence to all its non-European provinces. That is, Angola and Mozambique were free. Since then, Grândola Vila Morena has appeared in different protests and demonstrations, either to ask to stop the cuts from the Portuguese government or in the 15-M movement in Spain.
Álex Pina’s team has used the song to represent the freedom that Tokyo reaches after his death. The character has always been on the run and has not been truly free until he has shed his body. It is also closely linked to the ideas defended by the group of thieves. “Grândola, brown town, land of brotherhood, people are the ones who rule the most within you”says the song by José Afonso. It is a reference to the family that El Professor (Álvaro Morte) has created, which fights against abusive powers.
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It has a meaning similar to that of ‘Bella, Ciao’ that has been sung so much since the fiction began to be broadcast on Antena 3. This popular Italian song was used by the Italian Resistance and has remained as an antifascist anthem. Decades later, everyone remembers her for her importance in The Money Heist.