Category Archives: Brazil

Final lap of the Olympics

He appeared at the opening ceremony in Rio, so I’m assuming he won’t be in tonight’s closing show too. But who needs an excuse to play some Gilberto Gil?  This is my favourite version of “Expresso 2222”, performed live with … Continue reading

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Waters of March revisited

The advent of the Rio Olympics has given me a good excuse to link some of my favourite Brazilian music on Twitter. This one is slightly different: the multilingual Stacey Kent sings a French version of one of Jobim’s greatest … Continue reading

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Bossa nova: poetry, not easy listening

When it started, I thought Katie Derham’s BBC4 documentary was going to be yet another of those clichéd, sun-kissed strolls along the seafront. I was wrong. Derham – who has spent a lot of time in Brazil over the years … Continue reading

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Faces of Brazil

One of the official posters for the Olympics. (“It’s really hard for us in Brazil to choose one artist to represent the Games.”). When it comes to ideals of feminine beauty, on the other hand, the country still seems to prefer … Continue reading

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The return of Céu

I just can’t stop listening to this track. From my album of the week [£] in the Sunday Times. (Here’s the ST feature I wrote about her back in 2010 when I interviewed her in Barcelona. It was a real shock … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Rio de Janeiro

  450 today. Instead of cake,  some music: Eliane Elias meets Gilberto Gil.

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“Our carnival is over”

Poignant, beautiful, haunting. “Marcha da Quarta-Feira de Cinzas”, Vinicius de Moraes’s song for Ash Wednesday, posted on Twitter by Gilberto Gil. (There’s a translation of de Moraes’s lyrics here.)

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Remembering Tom Jobim

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of his sudden death, aged just 67.  I always regret not seizing the chance to meet him when I was in New York earlier in 1994, covering Verve’s 50th anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall. Jobim … Continue reading

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Penalty shoot-out

Watching the Brazil-Chile game at Guarulhos International Airport, São Paulo. By Eddie Keogh.

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The funk master from Salvador,  Carlinhos Brown, sings “Aganju”. From my Brazil playlist.

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