The composer, singer, designer and writer Zica Bergami was born in Ibitinga, SP, in 1913 and died when she turned 97 years old. While still a girl, Zica came to São Paulo and lived first in Barra Funda, then in Bom Retiro and followed the rapid changes in the city. It was another São Paulo, that of the gas lamps, the floods of Tietê, then one of the places of leisure and sports in the Capital. These memories Zica left printed in countless works that evoke her times as a girl, her family, the dances where, as a young girl, she attracted the passionate eyes of the young men. Energy, creativity and beauty accompanied her in the different phases of her productive existence. The drawing happened out of a pure need to overflow a sensibility that forced it to manifest itself. She didn't have a single art lesson, she never came into contact with any visual artist, she did everything herself, as she always did. And it never stopped. He is simply one of the greatest drawing artists in Brazil. Her work as a composer became known when Inezita Barroso recorded the waltz “Lampião de gas” in 1958. As a writer, she launched, among others, the books “Sons of immigrant artists” and “Onde está os pirilampos”. His most successful songs were: “Lampião de gas”, “Gafanhoto arrived”, “Kill the duck”, “Shake the fire”, “What's up”, “Briga de santo”, “Rain rain rain”, “Maricotinha” among others.


(Extracted from text by Juarez de Marcos Jardim -2015)