Monday, May 15, 2017

Olá Brasil

In 1999, I wrote the liner notes for a Starbucks Coffee compilation CD, Olá Brasil: Rhythms of Joy and Longing. It focused on bossa nova and MPB and was quirky in its mix of tunes but fun to listen to. Pink Martini's "Brazil" (their version of Ary Barroso's landmark exaltation samba "Aquarela do Brasil") was the most unconventional pick while Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Águas de Março" and Luiz Bonfá's "Manhã de Carnaval" were conventional yet gratifying choices. The CD is available used from Amazon and elsewhere. The CD liner notes can be read below, followed by a few music videos of the selections.

Videos of Song Selections

Vinícius Cantuária, "Amor Brasileiro"

Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Águas de Março"

Pink Martini performing "Brazil" ("Aquarela do Brasil")

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Carnaval 2017 in Brazil

Carnaval will be celebrated all over Brazil from Saturday through Tuesday, with plenty of early and late celebrations as well. Rio de Janeiro, Recife (and Olinda), and Salvador all have Carnaval street celebrations with millions of people over several days. Samba and marcha (Rio), axé music (Salvador), and frevo and maracatu (Recife/Olinda) are among the most popular Carnaval styles of music. Many popular Brazilian musicians will lead blocos or dance with samba schools. Funk carioca / pop singer Anitta (two images below) will lead the "bloco das poderosas" in Salvador this year.

Everyone can participate in Carnaval...

Rio Maracatu parades along Ipanema Beach in Rio 

Maracatu alfaia drum

Carnaval in Olinda

Read about the history of Brazilian Carnaval, samba, frevo, maracatu, axé music, funk carioca and more in The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil, which is available in print and digital editions through Amazon worldwide.

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