Let's talk about Carnaval! What is the first place that comes to your mind when you think about Brazil’s Carnival? Rio de Janeiro, right? Sure, Rio does one of the biggest, most glamorous, fun, and colorful parties. But Rio de Janeiro is not the only destination to celebrate carnival in Brazil.
There's a type of Brazilian music that I find really encompasses the joviality found in Brazilian society and one person that understands this is Martinho da Vila, a highly respected sambista from Rio de Janeiro. One of his songs that easily expresses the joie d’vivre is Canta Canta, Minha Gente, a
Known as one of the most important names in all of Brazilian music, Noel Rosa was a singer, songwriter, and composer of samba. He was born in 1910 in the traditional Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Vila Isabel. Due to lifelong health problems and contracting tuberculosis, he died at the age of 26,
Have you heard of Tiago Abravanel? He is a Brazilian singer and actor. His new song named Eclético is very catchy and its music video is fun and creative. In the music video, Tiago impersonates several Brazilian celebrities. We recommend this song for your cultural learning. We have created a
One of my favorite Brazilian music videos to put on and listen to is Tarde em Itapuã sung acoustically by its composer Toquinho and invited guest Gil Gilberto. It’s such a great, soothing song and it has the power to transport me back to any number of Brazilian beaches I’ve sat and pondered life on.
What is the first image that comes to mind when you think about Brazil? I asked this question on our Facebook page and created this interactive image based on the replies posted by our community members. Click the colorful icons on the picture below; hover your mouse over the picture to see them.
Gilberto Gil is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has played a key role in the musical and cultural scene in Brazil. From co-founding the Tropicalismo movement in the sixties to acting as the Brazilian Minister of Culture in 2003, when Lula was the President, Gil has helped
DJ Dolores, aka Helder Aragão, is a Brazilian designer, DJ, and musician from the northeastern state of Sergipe who makes electronic music, as well as soundtracks to films (most recently, Neighboring Sounds and Tatuagem). One of the earlier contributors to Recife’s Mangue Beat/Bit movement
A new study by IBOPE, the national agency for statistics, is out in Brazil and it shows what percentage of poll responders listen to the same types of music. Perhaps more interesting than that, it ties socio-economic classes to certain kinds of music. As for the percentages, at the top is sertanejo
Recently, I discovered a female group of forró musicians, who are also sisters, called Clã Brasil. They come from João Pessoa in Brazil’s northeast and play the more traditional “pé-de-serra” style of the musical genre which is characterized by the presence of the sanfona (accordion), zabumba