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Tristeza não tem fim Posted by on Jul 6, 2010

Like Poly, I was very sad about Brazil’s loss in the World Cup. Que tristeza, I kept saying. But in Brazil, there’s a song for just about anything and everything, and there are plenty of songs about loss. There’s a wonderful song by Vinicius de Moraes about happiness and sadness, with some really beautiful lyrics…

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Zélia Duncan – Enquanto Durmo Posted by on May 17, 2010

Saturday through Sunday was “Virada Cultural” in São Paulo, an event with all sorts of bands, singers, dancers, food, and all sorts of good stuff, for free which takes place mostly downtown, and all in the span of 24 hours.  It’s an annual event I haven’t missed since I’ve been living here.  This year I…

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Reproduced Songs: David Bowie Meets Seu Jorge Posted by on Apr 12, 2010

The other day, my friend and I were talking about songs Brazilian artists translate from another language (mostly from English) to Portuguese and whether we like them or not.  We came to the conclusion that some artists have some translations and remakes that are a little tasteless (i.e., Preta Gil singing “Hoje Estou Solteira,” a…

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Side by Side Lyrics Translation: Maria Rita Posted by on Apr 6, 2010

Today we’re going to listen to a Maria Rita song with an adjacent translation in English! In this song, the singer compares her life to a busy train station. She uses fairly simple language, so hopefully it won’t be too difficult to follow along with the English to help. Lyrics – Encontros e despedidas Mande…

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Lyrics Translation: The Girl From Ipanema Posted by on Mar 23, 2010

One of the most internationally famous bossa nova songs of all time, The Girl from Ipanema is a classic with easy to follow lyrics. It’s useful to see a side by side translation, especially since the song is also sung in English (the most famous recording by Frank Sinatra), but with slightly different lyrics. Here…

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A Vida do Viajante… Posted by on Feb 19, 2010

Luiz Gonzaga or Gonzagão is one of the most prominent Brazilian folk singers of the 20th century.  He popularized Northeastern baião music throughout the country, and much of his music was reproduced by artists such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Geraldo Vandré, amongst other great Brazilian artists.  Baião is the foundation for forró, côco, and…

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Lyrics Practice: Ivete Sangalo Posted by on Feb 8, 2010

Ivete Sangalo is one of the great stars of Salvador’s Carnival, so this week we’re going to use one of her older hits (Sorte Grande) to do some listening practice Key words: poeira = dust emoção = emotion sorriso = smile pedaço = piece verdadeiro = true sorte = luck Lyrics A minha sorte grande…

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