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The 1980s was a defining decade for Brazilian Rock, when bands like Barão Vermelho, Legião Urbana, and Titãs recorded some timeless classics In the last edition of BBMAG, we traced the history of Brazilian music in an attempt to identify the more recent musical trends, such as the emergence of MPF Fofa, and what this means for the industry as a whole. This time around, however, we take a trip down memory lane with a look back at the 1980s and some of the catchy, unforgettable hits that rocked a generation. The 1980s was a productive decade for the music…

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A seven-mile long “bee corridor” is being planted in a bid to boost the number of pollinating insects A seven-mile wildflower corridor is being planted in parkland to provide a safe haven for insects. To support a range of bees and other pollinators, a mixture of seeds has been chosen. The wildflower meadows will be put in place in some of Brent Council’s parks in north London. Recent studies have shown some species of pollinators in Britain have decreased by up to a third in the past two decades. Scientists warn that the loss of nature could create problems in years to…

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Thanks to several VBRATA events, Brazil will be centre stage this June in England and promoted as a hub for culture, tourism and business Some of Brazil’s most diverse sectors, including gastronomy, culture, business and tourism, will be on show for all to see this summer in London. Much of this promotion is thanks to VBRATA’s (Visit Brazil Travel, Cultural and Business Association) continuous efforts to promote Brazil as one of Latin America’s leading tourist destinations. VBRATA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting Brazil both in the UK and the rest of Europe. The organisation seeks to establish an…

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Brazil is often referred to as ‘the tropical country’, but does this nickname reflect a nation’s identity or simply its geography? Brazil is the largest country in Latin America. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world. Brazil is the fifth most populated, and arguably most culturally diverse. Brazil is home to the greatest population of Portuguese speakers in the world. Brazil is a collective of 26 distinctly individual states. These are big statements and leave little to interpretation. However, the thing that remains less clear is what unites this great nation. There is unquestionably a sense of shared…

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Four years on and we’ve arrived at issue number 9 of Bossa Brazil Magazine, the only bilingual magazine (English-Portuguese) distributed free of charge in London! Our team takes great pleasure and pride in researching all the latest goings on and interesting editorial for our loyal readership! Every article is carefully curated to ensure you receive a magazine bursting with positivity and relevant content. Let’s take a look at what we have for you this time around… This edition’s feature story seeks to discover why Brazil is affectionately known as the “Tropical Country”. Obviously, there’s more to it than just climate, so…

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The Japanese represent the fourth largest group of immigrants in the country, and Brazil is home to the greatest concentration of Japanese outside Japan The first official Japanese immigrants landed at the port of Santos in June 1908, aboard the Kasato Maru, followed in 1910 by arriving aboard the Ryojun Maru. Like so many other immigrants, the Japanese settled initially on the coffee plantations located in the west of São Paulo before, later, going on to specialise in the cultivation of fruits, in Parana, and pepper, in Pará. In the decades that followed, many countries restricted the migration of the…

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The Estação da Luz, inaugurated more than 150 years ago, was the birthplace of the State of São Paulo’s rail network Estação da Luz is one of the principal train stations in São Paulo, and also the end of the line for many of the city’s lines. Built by an English company, São Paulo Railway, in 1867, the station started out in much the same fashion as any other: a simple construction, a project overseen by British architect Charles Henry Driver, who was a specialist when it came to the use of decorative iron. The station has been renovated and…

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The German community in Brazil, one of the five largest migrant populations in the country, still retains many traditional customs It’s no secret that Brazil is a multicultural country and a melting pot of races and backgrounds. One of the largest foreign communities today is the German one, these days mostly found in the South and Southeast, in the states of São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Paraná. Estimates suggest that Brazil is home to approximately 5 million German descendants. The greatest intake of Germans took place during the late nineteenth century and the first 20 –…

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The Italians are one of the largest migratory groups in Brazil, whose presence in the South and Southeast has resulted in a unique blend of cultures Like the Germans, the Italians are concentrated mainly in the South and Southeast of Brazil, mainly in the state of São Paulo, and most began to emigrate as of the second half of the nineteenth century, when the concentration of land remained mostly in the hands of the few, given the industrial movement. Many poorer people, unable to make ends meet as labourers or as owners of very small properties, sought greater opportunities in…

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The “Quieter Hour” is a new initiative introduced by certain retailers to make weekend shopping for autistic people more accessible People that live with autism perceive the world completely differently to those not affected by the condition. Often these perceptions can put those that sense them at risk or danger, precisely because of the heightened intensity with which they are felt. The British supermarket chain Morrison recently spearheaded an inspiring initiative designed to demonstrate their concern for such customers. On Saturdays, an entire hour of normal operating hours throughout their stores in the UK will be exclusively dedicated to autistic…

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As well as being a celebrated writer and accomplished playwright, Oscar Wilde is fondly remembered for his remarkable personality and affectionate nature, which once even landed him in jail Oscar Wilde was one of the most famous writers in Europe, and unquestionably Ireland’s most revered playwright. Born in the mid-nineteenth century, Wilde was the son of two Irish intellectuals who unquestionably contributed to his exemplary education. From an early age he began learning foreign languages (German and French) and at university he became a scholar of classical history, especially Greek literature. His pronounced and extravagant personality helped him achieve a…

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Brazilian music was born from a mixture of genres and styles, a characteristic that defines it to this very day The Brazilian musical scene has always been shaped by on-going attempts to innovate, many of them inspired by a mixture of different genres. This musical miscegenation gave birth to Bossa Nova and to MPB in the last century, both of which incorporated elements of traditional music whilst allowing room for a multitude of other styles to blossom, affording composers enough freedom to experiment with all kinds of unusual arrangements. As of the twenty-first century, Brazilian rhythms were strongly influenced by…

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The darlings of today’s fast-food industry, food trucks continue to win over legions of avid fans The food truck movement is mostly an urban phenomenon and evermore present in the major centres across Brazil, such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Fortaleza. Seen very much as the natural evolution of the fast-food industry, these vehicles—which are not in fact trucks but vans—offer expertly-prepared food and drink from a surprising range of cuisines, and anything from a common hamburger to artisanal breads and craft beers. Food trucks congregate in open and communal areas to create unique food events—often referred to…

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BBMAG brand new edition is here! Welcome to the latest edition of BBMag—Bossa Brazil Magazine, the only bilingual Brazilian lifestyle magazine in London that specialises in tourism, culture, gastronomy, and business. We promote a modern and creative Brazil, a country with stunning tourist destinations and a uniquely rich and diverse culture. In this edition we feature “Urban Brazil” and so shed a light on some of the more fascinating aspects of life in the country’s metropolitan centres, giving you a taste of art, gastronomy and the general hustle and bustle of city life in Brazil. We also invite you to…

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This edition marks BBMag’s two-year anniversary. This milestone was only made possible thanks to our dedicated readership; so let me start by thanking all our readers for their loyal support. As the old saying goes, “Time waits for no man”, and with this in mind we have compiled a quick guide for history buffs out there, with must-do days out, just outside London. This edition is bursting with news about upcoming events, including a busy schedule for live Brazilian music in the UK, LGBT parades throughout the world’s capitals and the ever-popular Book Club run by the Embassy of Brazil…

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