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IN Music / Review: Bossacucanova's Ip...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 07/04/2012 - 03:31 pm

Sometimes the music business makes for strange bedfellows, as the old saying goes. It can also provide for an interesting story or two – and in this case the tale is made even better because it centers on a mysterious recording from a popular group that – six years later – has become known as one of its ‘defining’ albums.
 
     
Bossacucanova / Ipanema Lounge  (2004)     Sample /Order this album  
 
It was late summer, 2004 and the voice on the other end of the phone was… hot, California hot. You see, I was talking with the American label contact for Bossacucanova only ...

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IN Music / Profile: A surprise Brazil...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 07/04/2012 - 03:31 pm

 
 
If new Brazilian music releases have failed to keep pace with the superb pace of top-notch concert tours in 2010, so too have the Grammy awards in recent years. This is no doubt due to the emergence of the Latin Grammy Awards, where Brazil plays the role of the perennial bridesmaid. This year was no exception, with a scant handful of nominees.
We held hope for newcomer Maria Gadu who had a great shot at Best New Artist, one of the very few general ‘pan-Latin’ categories possibly available to the non-Spanish speaking nation. But the Grammy program, which over the past decades has honored Brazilian stars such as Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento and Gilberto Gil f ...

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Personalidade! / Spotlight: Sparking ...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 07/04/2012 - 03:31 pm

With its unique blend of melody and rhythm working in harmony, Bêabá do Samba has become one of the most popular Brazilian bands in Chicago. From Bossa Nova to Samba to Pagode, its relaxing sounds will have you dreaming of Rio.
 
Founded in 2007, Bêabá do Samba has played many venues across Chicago including the Morse Theatre, the Botanic Gardens, Las Tablas, Coco Lounge, and Uncommon Ground. The band is made up of: Silvia Mariques (lead vocals); John Beard (cavaquinho); Felipe Fraga (percussion, vocals); Clarice Cast (percussion) and Edinho Gerber (guitar).
Fraga and Manriques spoke with Brazil Club about the band and cross-cultural backgrounds that b ...

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Experience! / Profile: A Riot in Rio ...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 07/04/2012 - 03:31 pm

Rio de Janeiro is no stranger to Hollywood film crews – after all, just about every character from Will Smith to Fred Astaire to James Bond (and seemingly any scoundrel with ‘means’) have found themselves subjects of the Silver Screen, via A Cidade Maravelhosa .
Decades of tradition tend to dictate a stay at the famed Copacabana Palace, and while the hotel’s ‘Golden Book’ of VIP’s could make a good argument as to the presence of ghosts drifting through its elegant hallways, no one was prepared to welcome vampires, even if they were the trendy kind. And while people are usually motivated to run the other way when news of a vampire sighting breaks ou ...

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