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Brazil’s October Surprise?

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 10/08/2014 - 09:06 pm

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Predictably, voting for Brazil's Presidential election moved to the second ballot which will occur on October 26th. Not predicted in the final days up to the election was the name of challenger to incumbent Present Dilma Rousseff. Who do you think will win? Leave your comments below.

The outcome of Brazil's first round election on October 5, in which President Dilma Rousseff (Partido dos Trabalhadores, or PT) and Senator Aécio Neves (Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira, or PSDB) move to a run-off, was a surprise for many, both for those inside the country and those observing ...

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World Cup Phantoms

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 07/11/2014 - 10:38 am

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Waiting for the other shoe to drop.
It's part of the human condition and - when it comes to the World Cup - the collective Brazilian psyche. Brazil is the only country to have earned a record five World Cup wins, but in the weeks and days leading up to the 2014 edition, the buzz wasn't about Brazil's winning legacy or even a Latinized version of the American swagger: "Not in our house!"
No, the focus of conversation in the bars, on the beaches and even TV Globo was about the one that got away: Brazil's winner-take-all World Cup match against Uruguay in 1950.
Brazil was the host ...

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Review: Deodato's 'The Crossing'

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 06/21/2014 - 04:07 pm

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Where does one start with Deodato? That’s a difficult question, considering that the talented Brazilian is now well into his fifth decade as a boundless musical force. It wasn’t any easier a question 30 years ago, when Billboard magazine, in covering his first US concert tour, referred to Deodato as a newcomer: “young and exuberant, with the intellectual curiosity and lack of pretense seemingly common with many Latin American musicians.”
Problem was, by the time his first single (“Also Sprach Zarathustra: Theme From 2001, A ...

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Review: Moacir Santos' 'Choros & Aleg...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 06/12/2014 - 10:28 am

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It almost seemed that clarinetist, saxophonist and singer Moacir Santos was older that the hills of the Brazilian northeast that he came from, but you'd never know it from the wealth of great tunes found on this collection.
If the term 'Choro' is Brazil's answer to our 'jazz', then surely Moacir Santos must be thought of as its Ellington. These well-crafted and elegantly poised songs are easy on the ears and they rightly ...

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Review: Marcos Ariel's 'My Only Passion'

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 06/05/2014 - 07:37 pm

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Just in time for summer, we look back at one of Marcos Ariel's most popular albums. Enjoy!



In Brazilian jazz cirlces, 'My Only Passion' has defied age to become a legendary album, shaped from the influences of American jazz and Brazilian sensibilities to define a high point in the career of one of Brazil’s most talented pianists.
As a child, Marcos Ariel listened to everything: the rhythms of Bahia, European cla ...

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Review: Djavan's 'Rua Dos Amores'

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 04/19/2014 - 06:47 pm

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His best album in years? Who better to ask than The Sounds of Brazil's streaming radio host Scott Adams?

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It's no secret that when Djavan left his longtime label partner Sony Brasil for greener pastures, he had artistic vision on his mind. he invested in a top-notch recording studio, ramped up his own label (Luanda Records) and got busy. But it's been a long 10 years, with hit-or-miss albu ...

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Brazil Scores With Luck Of The Draw

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 12/06/2013 - 01:27 pm

2014 World Cup draw: Host Brazil plays Croatia in opening game
 

Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon.
Group B: Spain, Netherlands,Chile, Australia.
Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan.
Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy.
Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France,Honduras.
Group F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran, Nigeria.
Group G: Germany, Portugal,Ghana, USA.
Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea.
 
The 2014 World Cup tournament will take place in stadiums across Brazil from Thursday June 12 through to Sunday July 13.
Luck of the draw
At first glance, Brazil’s fortunes for making a straight run for its record 6th World Cup title played out ve ...

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Brazil Shines At 2013 Latin Grammys

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 11/22/2013 - 04:13 pm

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Maria Rita’s US Concert Tour for 2014 got a big boost at the 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, while early favorites Caetano Veloso, Jorge Vercillo and Edu Lobo went home empty-handed after a night of musical surprises Thursday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Maria Rita won her 7th Latin Grammy Award for Best MPB Album (Musica Popular Brasileira) with ‘Redescobrir’, a heartfelt recreation of 28 songs made famous by her iconic mother, Elis Regina.
Maria Rita’s US tour kicks off in late January, in s ...

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15 Things To Know: Brazilian Independ...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 09/07/2013 - 08:41 am

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Brazil has given the world a lot to enjoy and appreciate in its nearly 200 years years as a nation, but how much do you know about what happened on September 7th 1822? Go ahead, it’s fun!

15 things you should know about Brazilian Independence Day:
1). Brazil celebrates its 192nd anniversary as a nation on September 7th this year.
2). The Brazilian flag recreates the night sky over Rio de Janeiro (the former capital city) as seen on November 15th, 1889.
3). The Provisional Flag of the Republic of the United Sates of Brazil preceded the official flag and is very si ...

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Friendly Florianopolis

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 08/09/2013 - 10:48 pm

When Brazil's popular newsweekly Veja opined that the south Brazilian city of Florianopolis was "the best place to live in Brazil", they may have been on to something. In they might even have been prescient: Earlier this week Condé Nast Traveler published its list of the world's friendliest cities for 2013.
And the island city of Florianopolis is at the top of the list.
Pulling in an impressive reader's rating of 95.8, Florianopolis doesn't  even rank in the top 50 of Brazil's cities, yet its historic charm is undeniable. One reader commented, “This area was stunningly beautiful and you could take  advantage of the reliable, friendly advice of outgoing locals. As an ...

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