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Brazilian Bar Song Posted by on Mar 21, 2012

Beer drinking is big in Brazil, as is bar culture in big cities. In Rio de Janeiro, for example, botecos are a fun place to have a chopp (beer on tap) and some delicious aperitivos (bar food, or appetizers) with friends. Here’s a fun song, in the forró style, about going drinking with friends in…

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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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Brazilian Christmas Songs Posted by on Dec 23, 2010

It’s Christmastime in Brazil, and you’ll find that some of the holiday songs sound a little familiar! Have a listen to these festive songs and have a great holiday! Noite Feliz (Silent Night) Então é Natal (So It’s Christmas) Bate O Sino (Jingle Bells) Brazilian Acoustic Version of Noite Feliz and O Velhinho (The Old…

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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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Side by Side Lyrics Translation: Jorge Ben Jor Posted by on May 26, 2010

One of my favorite songs about Brazil is Jorge Ben Jor’s “País Tropical,” an ode to Brazil and in particular, to Rio de Janeiro. The lyrics are very simple and quite easy to understand, so it’s a good song for beginners. Just a note: he refers to two very specific things: Flamengo, a popular Rio…

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Side by Side Translation: Roberto Carlos Posted by on May 5, 2010

Roberto Carlos is a musical icon in Latin America, something of a Brazilian Barry Manilow. But he’s not just popular in Brazil; he sings in Spanish and Portuguese, so he’s popular the world over. He recently celebrated the fifty year anniversary of his career in New York, where he played two shows at Radio City…

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A soccer match! Posted by on Apr 30, 2010

The World Cup is coming soon and I wanted to share with you a very interesting song by the band “Skank” about soccer. Lyrics: É uma partida de futebo, by Skank. Bola na trave não altera o placar Bola na área sem ninguém pra cabecear Bola na rede pra fazer o gol Quem não sonhou…

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