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  • review August 30, 2016

    Camaleão Borboleta

    Chalk up another win for Brazil as a land of musical savants. The six members of Graveola apparently had minimal training in music when they formed this collective as college students in 2004. Originally called Graveola e o Lixo Polifônico … Read more »

  • hip-deep August 11, 2016

    The Tropical Soul of Jorge Ben Jor

    Jorge Ben Jor first began to experiment with fusions of samba, bossa nova, rhythm & blues and soul in the early 1960s. Together with Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, he participated in Brazil’s watershed cultural movement, Tropicália, in the late … Read more »

  • botb August 10, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Brazil 101

    All eyes are on Rio de Janeiro this week as the 2016 Olympics roll on. The spotlight on the culturally rich nation of Brazil may have piqued your curiosity to explore the vast ocean of music that has been created … Read more »

  • blog August 5, 2016

    Musical Reasons to Watch Tonight’s Opening Ceremonies (Even If You Hate Sports)

    Even if the spectacle of the world’s greatest athletes competing in front of McDonald’s  and Coca-Cola logos leaves you cold, tonight’s opening ceremonies for the Rio Olympics promise to be worth watching for at least one reason, and if you’re … Read more »

  • blog August 5, 2016

    Hip Deep Rio

    Come August, the world’s attention will be riveted on Rio de Janeiro as it hosts the XXXI Summer Olympic Games. Rio is also the birthplace of Brazil’s iconic sound—samba—from its lavish carnival themed floats to its neighborhood pagode samba gatherings. … Read more »

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