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The internationally famous Caetano Veloso is coming back to London in April. The show will take place at the Barbican in London and Caetano will be accompanied by the singer Teresa Cristina, who will open the concert with a Cartola repertoire (Cartola was a singer-songwriter, poet and Guitarist who, even 40 years after passing away, is considered one of the greatest sambistas in the history of Brazilian music). Teresa will also sing a few duets with Caetano at the end of the show. This international project will be the first time the two musicians share a stage on tour. Two…

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The English band Beatles, one of the most famous of all time, after dozens of acclaimed albums, have now inspired a technological revolution. The artificial intelligence Flow Machines, developed by Sony CSL, Sony’s computer science laboratory, recently composed a song in tribute to Liverpool’s fab four. Called ‘Daddy’s Car’, the song sounds as if it belongs to one of the band’s first albums. The programme used techniques and musical styles it learnt from a giant database to write the song. However, like most Beatles songs, Daddy’s Car wasn’t written by a single musician. The French composer Benoît Carré was invited…

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For the very first time, a set of British stamps will pay tribute to a solo artist. The Royal Mail in the UK has created a book of ten stamps, each featuring an image of the singer or one of his iconic album covers. “For more than five decades David Bowie has influenced musicians, writers, designers and artists. He was always ahead of his time”, said a spokesperson for the Royal Mail.   The stamps were officially released on March 14.

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Almost 40 years after its release, the song “Don’t Stop Me Now”, by the English band Queen, is still able to improve the mood of even the grumpiest of individuals. According to a survey conducted by Dr. Jacob Jolij, a cognitive neuroscientist from the University of Groningen, in Holland, the song is nothing less than the happiest of the last 50 years. As part of his project, the scientist discovered the principal characteristics which make a song happy. He found out that positive lyrics are important, and certain beats help people feel more energetic and happy. Although its musicians weren’t…

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She’s a girl from Rio who travels the world and feels at home wherever she goes, from the streets of a Brazilian favela to the sophisticated Parisian high streets. Now Flávia is on her way to London to show the Brits her Brazilian soul, as she takes in influences from samba to bossa-nova, reggae and hip-hop, with plenty of Caribbean spice thrown into the mix. Her third album is out now and is called Sonho Real (Real Dream). The show is for over 16s only, so you’ll need to take ID if you think you might be asked for it.…

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With secular, mythical and religious backgrounds, this song represents, moves and influences the whole country Samba is a river that flows through Brazilian music, bringing with it the rich Afro-Caribbean sounds that migrated from Africa during the slave movement. On its journey it has mixed with many other influences but it still remains the great expression of Afro-Brazilian identity. From Samba-canção (a slow, melodic strand of Samba that started in 1920s Rio de Janeiro) to the carnaval samba (modern samba that characterizes Brazil’s Carnival celebrations, an upbeat fusion of Bossa-nova, electronic, hip hop and funk carioca), Samba is as rich…

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More than 1,000 Londoners will gather at Clapham Grand on Sunday 26th February to celebrate Brazilian culture at South London Carnaval 2017. Featuring live music, drummers, DJs and caipirinhas, this action-packed evening will bring you the sizzling sights, sounds and flavours of Brazil. Revellers will be dancing to a heady mix of samba, funk, house, MPB, bossa, forró, axé, pagode, sertanejo, hip hop, disco, sambass and much more. The special event coincides with Brazil’s week-long Carnaval – ‘the Mardi Gras of the southern hemisphere’ – when celebrations and parades are held throughout the country in the lead-up to Lent. The…

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There is no longer any need to feel desolate at the lack of any Carnaval action in London, or feel that you are missing out on the samba-fun in Brazil. As for the uninitiated, come along and feel the party atmosphere! Coinciding with the official opening of carnival season in Brazil, The Piano Works recreates the irresistible rhythms of the samba in London. Two events bring together all the colours, sounds and frivolity of the most famous party in the world: on Saturday, 25 February, the Masked Ball, with DJ Moishe, will go on until 4am. On Sunday, 26 February,…

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The Brazilian Guitarist Rodrigo Nassif has some dates scheduled for performances in the UK. Rodrigo is a gaúcho (from the state of Rio Grande do Sul), and graduated in music at the University of Passo Fundo (UPF), before doing his masters at the Luís Gianneo Conservatoire in Argentina. Prior to ‘Quarteto’, his successful group, Nassif had made three solo recordings, receiving a range of awards and plaudits for his talents. But his real breakthrough was the release of Quarteto’s debut album, “Todos Os Dias Serão Outono” (Everyday will be Autumn), which went right to the top of the Brazilian iTunes…

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Brazilian music, known for its diversity and Latin rhythms, actually has much in common with one of the UK’s biggest cultural exports – Rock ‘n’ Roll Brazilian music is more immediately associated with genres like bossa nova, samba and Tropicália. Regional sounds, such as lundu, maracatu, forró, sertaneja are lesser-known. It all tends to get lumped together under the all-encompassing category of “world music”. So too does the country’s rock ‘n’ roll scene, somewhat relegated, internationally speaking, to specialist radios shows and niche record labels. But there is, in fact, an emerging contemporary Brazilian rock scene, typified by independent artists…

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