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Review: Milton Nascimento's 'Courage'

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 12/06/2017 - 02:37 pm

Time Machine
Rio de Janeiro, October 22, 1967. We’re in the studio audience at TV Globo, Brazil’s top network, just in time to catch the balloting results for the 2nd International Festival of Song competition. Gutemberg Guarabira wins, going on to become a footnote in the history of MPB while a young songwriter by the name of Milton Nascimento claims second place, along with the prize for ‘best performance’ with his song ‘Travessia’ (Bridges).
He survives some pretty stiff competiton from a songwriting field that includes Chico Buarque, Sergio Mendes and Dori Caymmi. He also survives the judges – all but one were prepared to cut him after the firs ...

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1967 The Year That Changed Everything

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 12/06/2017 - 02:06 pm

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1967's Summer of Love turned out to be Brazil’s winter of discontent. This week, you can catch our streaming special on one of the most important years in Brazilian music. 

The Year That Changed Everything
Few years resonate with more energy and contrast that 1967 in Brazil, and for those who follow such things (like us, for example), it’s a year that could be easily overlooked at first glance.
After all, the years that gr ...

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The Story Behind The Sergio Mendes Al...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 11/29/2017 - 10:58 am

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Sergio's Start
Taking the cable car ride up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain will give you a great view of the bay that defines Rio de Janeiro. It’s called Guanabara and back in January 1500, Portuguese explorers thought it was the mouth of a great river – a moment out of time that gave the city its name: River of January.
A sharp eye will pick up on the eight-mile bridge that spans Guanabara Bay, connecting Rio to its siste ...

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Exploring Kenia's Brazilian Jazz

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 11/22/2017 - 12:52 pm

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The Soulful Warmth of Brazil
A warm voice that's instantly recognizable with the smoky warmth of a Brazilian churrasco: That’s Kenia, one of the best when it comes to vocalists defined by our Brazilian American community.
It's been an interesting “road less traveled” for Kenia. Before moving to the US in 1980, she worked Rio's nightclub circuit and listened to a wide variety of pop and jazz ...

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Liner Notes Legacy - A Twist of Jobim

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 11/20/2017 - 03:41 pm

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Back in the Fall of 1996, Lee Ritenour called to ask if I would be interested in writing the liner notes for an upcoming album tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim. Jobim had passed away two years earlier in New York and his death came as a shock to the nation of Brazil and also for the jazz world. It didn't take long for tribute albums to find their way to fans worldwide. After all, Antonio Carlos Jobim is still considere ...

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Pele's 1000th Goal

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 11/20/2017 - 10:53 am

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November 19th, 1969
That's the day that Pele scored his 1,000th goal on a penalty kick against Vasco da Gama. Eighty thousand adoring fans in Maracana stadium cheered him wildly, even though Santos was the opposing team.
It was a major milestone in an illustrious career that included three World Cup championships.
 
 
 
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Exploring Joao Bosco

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 11/15/2017 - 12:54 pm

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A Musical Lifetime, Honored.
Quick. Name three of your favorite Brazilian singers. Chances are, your top-of-mind list won't include this week's featured artist, singer and songwriter Joao Bosco. But his creativity is legendary and this week, he travels to Las Vegas to receive the music industry’s highest honor: A Lifetime Achievement Award at the Latin Grammys.
Truth be told, Bosco’s name recognit ...

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Marisa Monte: 9 things you didn't kno...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 11/10/2017 - 05:34 pm

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Marisa Monte: 9 things you didn't know about Brazil’s MPB star 
 
Marisa Monte: Things you may not know
Brazil Club 411: You may think you know Marisa Monte, but there are some surprising facts and trivia that even the biggest Monte fans may be shocked to read. Here, Marisa sits for a cover photo shoot with Bravo to mark her 45th birthday.
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Exploring Marisa Monte's 30th Anniver...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 11/08/2017 - 02:45 pm

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It Began Here
It’s hard to argue with success. Even when you shrug aside labels like “the reigning queen of Brazilian pop”. Even as competitors like Anitta are on the rise. Thing is, Marisa Monte’s been doing it for years now. Were’ celebrating her 30th year in music this week.
Her cool demeanor is unique - one early gig was with the cast of the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show'. Truth be told, Mo ...

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Help Us Crowdsource Brazil Club’s Nex...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 11/03/2017 - 04:04 pm

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Brazil Club is crowdsourcing its next exciting streaming channel, ‘Brasil Ao Vivo’, and we’d love it if you can lend a hand by sharing your favorite ‘live’ recordings with us.
In order to make every song sound like it’s ‘Front Row, Center’ there are a few guidelines we all will need to follow:
 
1. Copy Songs From Your Computer
We can only accept WAV files ‘ripped’ from CDs or WAV files copi ...

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