Brazilians That Rock

Brazilian pianist Ed Motta is a bonafide jazz virtuoso The nephew of the legendary Tim Maia, Motta has played with the likes of Marcos Valle, João Donato and Roy Ayers over the course of his career, and wowed the Jazz Cafe audience last year with his electric performance featuring songs from his latest release AOR, as well as his substantial back catalogue which goes from funk and soul to yacht rock and bossa nova. When: 22 August, 7pm Where: Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7PG To find out more, click here.

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A pioneer for the hip hop movement in Brazil, rap superstar Gabriel o Pensador hits London with his current show Sem Crise (‘No Crises’ in English) showing his versatility, not only as a rapper, but as the great songwriter, musician story-teller and communicator that he is. This is a unique opportunity to see Gabriel o Pensador in an intimate atmosphere setting. Take a trip to Rio and into the head of Gabriel as he blasts out his ideas that reflect not only the collective consciousness of Brazil, but of modern societies and their many common challenges. From Brazil to Cape Verde, Portugal…

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Join the biggest and wildest outdoor camping forró event this year in the UK  With a massive field for camping, 3 different spaces for dancing and a range of scrumptious veggie and meat snacks and meals served all day; Forró Fest UK is the place to be on the August Bank Holiday weekend! Forró Fest have confirmed a packed schedule of workshops, live music, artists from all over the world and activities to have you oozing with dancing glee from Friday to Monday, check it out here. Some new activities this year include Kizomba, Contemporary dance, the wonderful folk dance, Mazurka, and a forró…

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Marcos Valle doesn’t just sing, he has penned more than 3,000 songs for the likes of Roberto Carlos, Sarah Vaughan, Chicago and Dizzy Gillespie, to name just a few. As an artist who often represents Brazil at major international events – from China and Japan to Europe, Canada and the USA – it’s now London’s turn to sample his work. When: 6 August Where: Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club – 47 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 4HT

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The singer from Bahia – with her unmistakeably powerful voice, charisma and high-energy performances – is soon to rock London! The singer, producer, author, presenter, actress, and one of the best-selling artists in Brazil is recognized and idolized throughout the world. Ivete, 44, is set to give the British public a taste of what baianas are all about, by getting everyone on their feet and dancing. Not to be missed. When: 30 July Where: Eventim  Apollo – 45 Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9QH

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The Brazilian rock group Nação Zumbi are set to play The Garage, in London. Nação Zumbi was formed in the 1990s and with their vast musical repertoire have had a huge influence on Brazilian music and other strands of rock, helping to raise both their own profile and that of Brazilian music overseas. Where: The Garage When: 22 July Click here for more information and tickets.

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The Beat of the Brazilian Tambourine Cabruera is currently one of the most important Brazilian bands in terms of the preservation of our traditional rhytms and their development in a blend of diversified musical tendencies, in such a way that they manage to be traditional and avant-garde at the same time. Their offer to hold a rhythm workshop based on the Brazilian tambourine at the Embassy has honoured us very much. The cultural traditions that communities, groups and individuals all over the world receive from their ancestors and pass along to future generations constitute a major trove and are to…

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Sisters Grimm are delighted that Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning Jeremy Irons has agreed to narrate their new show, VOICES OF THE AMAZON, a passionate dance musical from the heart of Brazil. VOICES OF THE AMAZON, which is receiving its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells from 4 to 8 July, is directed by Pietra Mello-Pittman, choreographed by Helen Pickett and composed by Ella Spira in collaboration with Brazilian songwriters Danny Nascimento, Dito Martins and Julien Davis and world‐renowned percussionists Olodum. Jeremy Irons many roles in film, television and theatre include Brideshead Revisited (Golden Globe nominated), The French Lieutenant’s…

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Who can resist the casual, seductive, ingenious and multilayered music of Brazil? A country of continental dimensions where all of Europe could fit within her borders! From the lithesome, musical elegance of the choro to the hypnotic sensuality of the Bossa nova, and a kaleidoscope of subtle rhythms wrapped in sophisticated jazz harmonies, the sound of Brazilian music is unforgettable unmistakable, and best summed up by the Portuguese word “saudade,” which mingles yearning, sadness and memory. The leading recorder-player for decades, Michala Petri returns to take us on a new musical journey to Terra do Brasil through the music of…

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One of jazz crossover’s biggest stars is set to play the Jazz Café in London Eumir is an artist that emerged from the rhythmic sounds of Latin American music and made the crossover to disco, r’n’b, pop and funk; many of his classic albums are still popular to this day. His extensive catalogue includes hits like Keep On Movin’ and Night Cruiser and his albums, Prelude and Deodato 2, are still considered legendary amongst jazz-funk fans. Where: Jazz Cafe (Camden Town) When: 25 June For more information and tickets, click here.

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