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Anglo-Brazilian Society is inviting everybody to a Samba Workshop to learn about the history of Samba and experience a real samba lesson. There will also be a live demonstration of the instruments used in Samba by a professional intrumentalist and a dance performed by a Samba dancer. Members Free Non Members £5 (Payments done via paypal: absanglobraziliansociety@gmail.com) RSVP: absanglobraziliansociety@gmail.com When: Tuesday, 22 August, 6.30pm-9pm Where: Embassy of Brazil in London – 14-16 Cockpur Street, London SW1Y 5BL

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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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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 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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Dona Onete – ‘the grande dame of Amazonian song’ – returns with further tales from the river Amazon on her sophomore album Banzeiro Banzeiro is defined by Onete’s honest reflections on life, love, sex as well as her delight in the everyday pleasures of life in the Amazon, whether that’s spicy seasoning, salty kisses or fishy-smelling water. Formerly a history teacher, folklore researcher, union representative, culture secretary and children’s author – “I never thought I would be a singer” she claims – Onete recorded her debut album Feitiço Caboclo at 73. Born in the Amazonian region of Pará in 1938…

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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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There is nothing quite like going to a music festival in the UK… Now that the cold winter days are a thing of the past, London is in full bloom and as summer fast approaches out attention turns to outdoor entertainment, which includes a wide range of music festivals that cater for all tastes. Many last several days and offer something for the whole family, as well as a clement 25 degrees Celsius, which is about the average for this time of year. The choice is impressive: there are those that run for a few days and encourage revellers to…

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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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On 2 June, Roger Waters, the creative force behind Pink Floyd, released his new album “Is This The Life We Really Want?”, which has already reached number two on iTunes Brazil’s album chart. Produced and mixed by Nigel Godrich, who has worked with the likes of Radiohead, Paul McCartney and U2, the album includes 12 new Waters-penned tracks. The album is a criticism of the modern world and our uncertain times, being a natural successor to previous work such as Pink Floyd’s “Animals” and “The Wall”. The full tour schedule is available at the site RogerWaters.com. Source: Sony Music…

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