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Exaltasamba Posted by on Mar 31, 2011

You may have never heard of Exaltasamba, a pagode and samba group from Brazil, but they’re a popular group that has been around since the 1980s. The group began in 1986, when the members began playing at local bars in São Bernardo do Campo, in São Paulo state. They released their first album in 1992…

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Rio De Janeiro Samba Schools Posted by on Mar 6, 2011

Já é Carnaval! Recently, we learned about Carnival in São Paulo and Minas Gerais, and we’ve learned about Carnival in Rio and Recife before. Today begins Rio de Janeiro’s samba school competition, when the city’s top twelve schools compete against each other at the Sambodrome. A samba school is a group that develops original songs…

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Samba de Gafieira Posted by on Jan 3, 2011

Ahhh Janeiro! Time for resolutions, losing weight, quitting smoking and eating well! Well, since I don’t smoke and I’m quite thin and tend to keep healthy, I like to give myself fun resolutions.  This year, I want to learn to dance samba de gafieira, also called simply gafieira or gafiera. A lot of people, when they…

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Samba da Vela Documentary Posted by on May 21, 2010

Though many foreigners assume Rio de Janeiro is where samba thrives, São Paulo is also a great place to hear one of Brazil’s most beloved musical forms. I found a neat little documentary about samba da vela, or candle samba, and the community that has grown around it in the Santo Amaro neighborhood of São…

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Ivete Sangalo and Juan Luis Guerra Posted by on Apr 23, 2010

I found this little gem of two of Latin America’s most famous singers performing a lovely duet. Here are Ivete Sangalo and Juan Luis Guerra, singing a samba together in Portuguese and Spanish: Não Tenho Lágrimas. Happy Friday! Lyrics Quero chorar, não tenho lágrimas Que me rolem na face Pra me socorrer Se eu chorasse…

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Lyrics Practice: Elis Regina Posted by on Sep 21, 2009

Let’s kick off the week with a lovely little tune by Gilberto Gil, as sung by the classic singer Elis Regina. Follow along and see if you can keep up with the lyrics: Essa ladeira, que ladeira é essa? Essa é a ladeira da preguiça Essa ladeira, que ladeira é essa? Essa é a ladeira…

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New Music: Orquestra Imperial Posted by on Aug 10, 2009

Orquestra Imperial isn’t exactly an orchestra; it’s actually a band made up of 18 members, including famous and non-famous musicians alike who have rotated through various concerts with the group. The band has included Zeca Pagodinho, Seu Jorge, Caetano Veloso, and Elza Soares, amongst other big names, The band was formed in 2002 to play…

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