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Simone Guimarães: Clarice

Blending Literature and Music Clarice Lispector (December 10, 1920 – December 9, 1977) was a writer who revolutionized Brazilian literature with her innovative books, short stories and chronicles in Brazilian newspapers. Born in Ukraine, Clarice moved to Brazil at a very young age and lived in Recife (Pernambuco, in northeast Brazil) at first. Later in …

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Bonfá Toca Bonfá

Tavynho Bonfá featuring Mark Isbell: Toca Luiz Bonfá

A Warm Dedication Tavynho Bonfá is a name that immediately makes an association with Luiz Bonfá. “Bonfá” is a name that is cherished by most of the Brazilian music fans. So Tavynho Bonfá already has some credit as soon as he shows up. And after hearing his music, one can only be happy that the …

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Rio Choro Jazz

Antonio Adolfo: Rio, Choro, Jazz…

From Rio to the World! Ernesto Nazareth (Rio de Janeiro, March 20, 1863- February 4, 1934) is considered the father of the Brazilian tango. One of the most influential Brazilian composers, Nazareth composed primarily for piano, but his music has been successfully adapted and performed in a variety of settings, and most notably in the …

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Concerto de Cordas

Gilberto Gil: Concerto de Cordas & Máquinas de Ritmo

Gilberto Gil’s party It must have been a magnificent party, there in Rio de Janeiro. Gilberto Gil celebrated his 70th birthday and the 50th year of his impressive career. The festivities took place at the historical Theatro Municipal, a landmark building that since its inauguration in 1909, majestically dominates the Cinelândia district in Rio. Gilberto …

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Carta de Amor

Maria Bethânia: Carta de Amor

Confirming Her Status Let’s be honest, but are we waiting for yet another live album by Maria Bethânia? There’s a new live CD/ DVD by the singer every few years. Never many surprises on it but always completely fulfilling the expectations; just like The Rolling Stones do… The British rockers also have the habit to …

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In Rio

Bebel Gilberto in Rio

Pleasing her fans   The easiest choice for someone like Bebel Gilberto (New York, 1966), is to follow in her parent’s tracks. After all she has the legendary João Gilberto as her father and the acclaimed singer Miúcha as her mother. If, on top of that, your uncle is Chico Buarque de Holanda, then it’s …

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Antonio Adolfo

Antonio Adolfo: Instrumental SESC Brasil

A Fine Mixture – Live!   SESC (Serviço Social do Comércio or Social Service of Commerce, founded in 1946) is a non-profit institution in Brazil with the purpose of promoting culture and good-living among workers and traders and their families. Among the many benefits provided by this organization there are shows with Brazilian artists on a …

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É Melhor Ser

Simone: É Melhor Ser

A Female Songwriters’ Celebration! When it was time for Simone to celebrate her career’s 40th anniversary, she had no hesitation to celebrate Brazilian female songwriters. What a wise choice the Cigarra made in picking those songwriters for her 41st solo album, É Melhor Ser. Released in November 2013, produced by Bia Paes Leme and Leandro Braga …

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Marimbanda: YouTube channel

In Your Living Room… With the amount of YouTube videos available in cyberspace — some clearly with poor video and sound qualities — I never felt inclined to write about any particular channels. However, there’s always a first for everything. Since mid-November 2013, I have been enjoying high-quality studio videos produced and shared by Marimbanda. …

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+ Brasileiro

André Vasconcellos Sexteto: + Brasileiro

Serious fun! This is bassist André Vasconcellos’ fourth album. 2, also reviewed on our site, easily gained international success. The bass style of André Vasconcellos (Brasília, 1979) attracts many jazz fans and critics. After 2 there was a live album in 2012. Now we’re pleased to hear + Brasileiro, on which the bassist is surrounded by …

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