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Carnaval's Champions Crowned

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 02/14/2013 - 09:27 pm

Samba school Vila Isabel was declared on Wednesday the winner of Rio's world-renowned Carnival parade, which took place on Sunday and Monday nights.
 

 
Twelve samba schools fought for the title, parading on Rio's Sambadrome with 3,500 to 4,000 components and several richly decorated floats. They were evaluated by 40 jurors, which graded them on band, music, floats, theme and costumes.
Vila Isabel, whose theme for this year was agriculture and the life of Brazilian farmers, got the highest grade, followed by Beija-Flor de Nilopolis, which talked about the importance of horses in the history of mankind.
Unidos da Tijuca, the 2012 champion, ranked third this year. The school's ...

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The Brazil Club Carnaval Guide

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 02/08/2013 - 10:43 am

Carnival, Carnaval, Carnivale, Mardi Gras. Call it what you will, it’s an annual rite of celebration worldwide - from the Big Easy, south through the Caribbean and on to South America and across Europe - and the rhythmic excitement arrives just in time for our salute to Samba in its many forms and Carnaval in Brazil! This weekend Brazil's three largest cities, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Bahia will showcase their unique Carnaval traditions just as our own radio show will do for the Samba beat.
This morning, Rio’s newly crowned Rei (King) Momo was presented with the keys to the city, and he raised his golden ‘staff of state’ to officially begin the ...

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Personalidade: Celebrating Carmen Mir...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 02/07/2013 - 06:10 pm

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New York, May 18, 1939. The mooring lines on the S.S. Uruguay had barely been tied off when Brazil’s Carmen Miranda swept down the gang plank to a throng of waiting reporters. At 5’ 2” and listed only sixth on the playbill, she had arrived to play Broadway with Abbott and Costello. But from those very first moments in front of the media, America would quickly learn that she was already larger than life:
“I say 20 words in English. I say ‘money, money, money’,” she began. “And I say ‘hot dog’! I say ‘yes’, &ls ...

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Black Brazil 2013: Back2Black Music F...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 02/06/2013 - 05:48 pm

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Back2Black Music Festival
 
Gilberto Gil struck the right chord when he launched this three-day festival in 2009. Held annually in the historic Leopoldinha Station district near downtown Rio de Janeiro, Back2Black seeks to entertain, stimulate, raise awareness and rebuild stronger bridges for Brazil’s African heritage through music, art and discussion. Last summer this unique expression of cultural pride traveled to London as part of Brazil’s exhibition for the summer Olympic Games. Public response was enthusiastic.  
 

 
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Black Brazil 2013: Donga

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 02/06/2013 - 05:37 pm

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Donga
 
In many ways, Brazil’s passion for Carnaval - and even the spirit of Samba itself – can be traced to Ernesto Joaquim Maria dos Santos, who was known as Donga. Donga is credited as the first to record a genuine Samba song, ‘Pelo Telefone’ in 1917 and was among a handful of Black Brazilians who evolved the uniquely Brazilian song style. The song marked the beginning of a cultural transformation for Brazil which expanded beyond popular music. Today Samba is at the very core of Brazil’s cultural identity.
 

 
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Black Brazil 2013: Leandro Barbosa

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 02/06/2013 - 05:23 pm

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Leandro Barbosa
 
This shooting Guard for the Boston Celtics was born and raised in São Paulo, and is one of several Brazilians playing in the NBA. In Brazil he is nicknamed ‘Leandrinho’ (Little Leandro), but here in the US he’s called "The Brazilian Blur" because he is one of the fastest players in the League.
 
His brother Arturo, who was a member of the elite Brazilian Special Forces, introduced Leandro to the sport of basketball when he was five and by his mid-teens he was playing Champion-caliber hoops for São Paulo’s city ...

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