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Imaginário: John Finbury featuring Marcella Camargo

Luscious Bossa Bossa Nova is a genre that seems to evoke feelings and emotions merely with its soft and smooth sounds. One Bossa Nova song can create the image of a sailboat and make you feel like sailing it on calm waters.  Another song can bring out the passion you felt when you first laid eyes …

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Vinil Virtual

Daniela Mercury: Vinil Virtual

Making Her Statement The story of Daniela Mercury (Salvador, Bahia, 1965) is a complex one. The easy part is that she fell in love with dancing at a very young age. Her wish to be a vocalist was triggered when she was only 13 years old, after hearing the late great singer Elis Regina (1945-1982). …

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Rota Alternativa

João Gaspar: Rota Alternativa

Having fun again Time flies when you’re having fun! Can’t believe there are no less than eight years between the releases of guitarist João Gaspar’s first two albums! After all these years Camaleão Carioca (2007) is still a frequent guest in my CD player; an amazingly beautiful and, as it seems now, timeless album. Now …

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Coletivo Samba Noir

Coletivo Samba Noir: Samba Noir

The Dark Side of the Samba It was between the two world wars that the cinema noir started to develop. Although a minimalistic film technique was used, the main characteristics of the movies were to be found in its sentiments. Melancholy, sadness, disappointment, pessimism,… And there’s the link with samba! There, too, lyrics often tell …

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Quatro Climas

Conrado Paulino Quarteto: Quatro Climas

Beautiful Music for Every Mood! Guitarist, arranger and composer Conrado Paulino (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1960) started his professional career in Campinas, São Paulo, in the early 1980s. After playing in some of the local nightclubs there, he moved to São Paulo. He studied classic guitar with Jorge Molinari and Roberto Lara while still living in Argentina. …

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Like Nice

Celso Fonseca: Like Nice

The Musical Heritage of João Gilberto Celso Fonseca’s new album Like Nice has written “bossa nova” all over it. It’s a pure dedication to the musical heritage of João Gilberto. With the legendary composer/ performer in mind, Celso further perfected his technique of the João Gilberto bossa chords on the acoustic guitar. His voice was …

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Vinícius Canta Antônio Carlos Jobim

Vinícius Cantuária: Vinícius Canta Antônio Carlos Jobim

It’s All About Bossa Nova The story about Vinícius Cantuária has been told before here on MúsicaBrasileira. How the singer from Manaus (1951) released catchy pop albums in the 1980s and reached the unwanted status of pop idol. To escape that commercial circus, Vinícius moved to New York (1994) to find his own direction in …

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Forrozêra

Mente Clara: Forrozêra

Forró Jazz Austin, Texas, claims to be the Live Music Capital of the World. This strong statement is supported in part by the world-famous SXSW (South by Southwest) and ACL (Austin City Limits) music festivals as well as Carnaval Brasileiro (over 30 years strong) Pachanga Latino Musical Festival, Urban Music Festival, Fun, Fun, Fun Fest …

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Fernanda Cunha Olhos de Mar

Fernanda Cunha: Olhos de Mar

MP-Brilliant! So often I read about Brazilian artists complaining about the lack of new Música Popular Brasileira (MPB, Brazilian Popular Music). Unfortunately the reality in Brazil is not the brightest when it comes to MPB. It seems radio stations continue a tragic love affair with what’s popular, relegating quality MPB to the back of their …

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Nelson Faria

Nelson Faria: Um Café Lá Em Casa

Making Music with Friends Guitarist, arranger, composer and educator, Nelson Faria (Belo Horizonte – MG, 1963) is an international and well respected musician admired by his peers, critics and fans alike. Besides having released over a dozen albums in solo, duo and trio formats, he is behind some of the most significant recordings in the Brazilian songbook. …

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Longe, Longe

Humberto Barros: Longe, Longe

Fun Again Keyboard player Humberto Barros is a very welcoming musician. When he releases a CD, it feels like you’re entering the living room of someone who loves to show you around his musical surprises. Humberto has a way to come up with music that bursts with originality. He’s mainly a keyboard player, but in …

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Tema

Antonio Adolfo: Tema

An Impressive Career Prolific probably is not an accurate word when it comes to Antonio Adolfo (1947, Rio de Janeiro). It doesn’t quite describe just how much this composer, pianist, arranger, producer and teacher does in what most of us struggle with in a mere 24-hour day. In the last two years, for example, he has recorded …

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