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Which Brazilian musical instruments do you know? Posted by on Jun 18, 2021

Olá, queridos leitores! Como estão? Hope you’re in the mood for some music to kick off the weekend. I believe you all know how Brazilians are very orgulhosos (proud) of their vast musical culture. To get an idea, Spotify carried out a survey which revealed that we are the country that most ouve (listens to)…

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NGO Focus: Afro Reggae Posted by on Mar 17, 2009

Today we’re going to look at one of Rio de Janeiro’s most successful non-profit organizations. Afro Reggae started as a newspaper in the Vigario Geral favela in Rio, discussing Afro-Brazilian culture and music, like reggae and hip hop. The movement itself was inspired by a police massacre in the favela that left a group of…

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Portuguese Video Learning Series: Capoeira Posted by on Mar 16, 2009

Today on the video learning series, we’re going to take a look at a type of Brazilian dance/martial art form called capoeira, which originated during the colonial period from the African slaves. This documentary originally aired on ESPN Brasil and discusses the development of the dance form, the music and instruments used to accompany the…

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International Capoeira Festival Posted by on Aug 7, 2008

Though capoeira, a Brazilian dance form that mixes martial arts and movement, is most prominent in Salvador, Bahia, it is now practiced all over Brazil. In fact, this August, Brazil’s big international capoeira festival is being held in a less likely place: Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais. From the 4th to the 10th…

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The Origins of Capoeira Posted by on Mar 12, 2008

Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian dance based on martial arts, has become famous world-wide in recent years, in part due to the athletic workout it provides, in part due to the beauty of the dance, and in part due to its cultural implications. Capoeira developed at the beginning in the 16th century, when African slaves were brought…

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