Tag Archives: Brazil

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

Posted in Brazil, History, Music | Tagged , , , ,

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

Posted in Brazil, Photography, Race, Sport, Uncategorized | Tagged , ,

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

Posted in Brazil, Music | Tagged , , ,

Happy birthday, Rio de Janeiro

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

Posted in Brazil, Music | Tagged , , ,

The Brazilians’ fear of the goalkeeper

[*Blogpost title with apologies to Peter Handke.] Neymar aside, it’s very hard to work up much enthusiasm for the Brazilian XI in the World Cup. The general lack of confidence and guile on display almost reminds me of England. How about … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Sport | Tagged , , ,

Brazil, Brazil

  In today’s Sunday Times [£], my list of 20 essential Brazilian songs, from João Gilberto to Carlinhos Brown, Maria Bethânia to Tom Zé. I’d assumed there’d be a feast of the country’s music on TV during the World Cup, but … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Music, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Lyrical

As well as being hosts,  Brazil must be favourites to win the national anthem World Cup. Yet again.

Posted in Brazil, Music, Sport | Tagged , ,