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genre: Genres Tropicalia

  • 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 »

  • blog April 21, 2016

    Concert Review: Gil and Veloso–Dois Amigos, Um Século de Música

    April 20, 2016 Brooklyn, NY ;  Rahav Segev/ Photopass.com / BAM The curtain rose at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on two men with two guitars and two mics each, and a pair of long-stemmed goblets—one with water, one with … Read more »

  • blog March 10, 2016

    Genre-Defying Brazilian Percussionist Naná Vasconcelos Dies at 71

    Legendary Brazilian drummer and berimbau player Naná Vasconcelos died in São Paulo on March 9 after being diagnosed with lung cancer seven months prior.  Over the course of  his 71-year life, Vasconcelos won eight Grammys, was named DownBeat magazine’s percussionist … Read more »

  • review October 23, 2015

    The Brasileiro Treasure Box of Funk and Soul

    Cultures of Soul have named their latest compilation well. The Brasileiro Treasure Box of Funk and Soul is just that–a collection of funky gems from early ‘70s Brazil. Cultures of Soul is a Boston-based label dedicated to releasing rare soulful … Read more »

  • blog May 14, 2015

    Chicano Batman: Five Tropical Inspirations

    Listening to Chicano Batman is an unmistakable experience. Soulful and organ-heavy, the group plays like they’re covering a set of top-10 pop hits you’ve never heard. To better explain how the band developed their sound, we got Carlos Arévalo, the group’s guitarist, to share … Read more »

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