Brazilians & Brits that Rock

Although online performances are the order of the day in the wake of Covid-19, the world of performing artists is patiently waiting for some sense of normalcy to return and allow for live acts to resume.  So, we decided to celebrate some of the true icons of Bossa Nova, the influential musical movement that even inspired the name of this magazine. The term Bossa Nova was first used in the 1930s, in a song by Noel Rosa (Sambista): “O samba, a prontidão e outras bossas, são coisas nossas”. January 25 is National Bossa Nova Day, on account of it also…

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The Health Professionals of the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS) are the heroes of this pandemic  In light of the public health crisis, we find ourselves in this year, there is little doubt about who the real national heroes are: health professionals. They are the ones on the frontline of the coronavirus epidemic, putting their lives at risk every day to save so many others. In Brazil, therefore, they deserve our unwavering admiration and profound gratitude, especially when we talk about those that work for the national public health system, the Sistema Único de Saúde brasileiro, or SUS for short.  SUS was based…

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The NHS, the UK’s public health service, and its central role in fighting the pandemic  The NHS (National Health Service) is the UK’s public health system and was a major influence on Brazil’s counterpart, SUS, or Sistema Único de Saúde. The UK divides the NHS by country and each unit acts independently, governed by local governments in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The NHS is responsible for a broad spectrum of health services ranging from primary care to more complex medical procedures.  Funded in a similar way to SUS, that is, through the collection of general taxes, the NHS provides universal…

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A remarkable achievement and a real honour of her extraordinary gastronomy skills We are incredibly happy and thrilled to announce that BBMAG’s very own Brazilian gastronomy chef/food writer the super talented Luciana Berry has become the winner of this year’s Top Chef Brasil! After an emotional dispute with César Scolari and Lara Carolina during the event entitled Menu da Vida (Menu of Life), Luciana was chosen as the best chef by Felipe Bronze and the judges Emmanuel Bassoleil and Ailin Aleixo. From all the team at BBMAG, congratulations Luciana on winning this esteemed title as the best at Top Chef…

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Welcome to another edition of BBMag, the only London-based bilingual Anglo-Brazilian publication! This time around we seek to temper some of our more traditional themes, such as tourism and culture, with the rather peculiar context in which we find ourselves. For this reason, we have several articles that explore the health crisis currently gripping our world.  Unable to visit museums and galleries in London during the Covid-19 pandemic? No problem—check out My London for a selection of virtual tours available during these restricted times! You won’t regret it. And speaking of health, we can’t fail to mention the true heroes of the hour:…

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Reach the Brazilian and Portuguese-speaking communities in the UK, Brazil and Europe, as well as Brits and international audiences BBMag is the only London-based bilingual Anglo-Brazilian publication dedicated to lifestyle, travel & tourism, culture with gastronomy, food and drinks, music and business. BBMag is distributed to UK based readers at no cost, ensuring that the reach and impact of our sponsors and advertising partners are maximised amongst this very specific audience. Our readership and distribution are mostly made up of Brazilian governmental entities, industry organisations, bars and restaurants, art centres, schools, cinemas, theatres, shows, festivals, event venues and more. Why…

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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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One of the Brazilians making headlines in London is Eduardo Ferré, the UK’s proclaimed pioneer of “personal training” when it comes to learning to swim. He is the founder and director of Swimming Nature, an award-winning swimming school, and winner of various business accolades, including Time Out Business in 1995 and Innovative Concept of the Year in 2014. The school is also a member of the UKActive Partner Group, which has a mandate to develop sporting activities in conjunction with Sport England. Another point of note: Mark Foster, the BBC’s swimming commentator and six-time world record holder, is a brand…

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Expect four hours of music inspired by traditional Samba beats and Afro-Brazilian culture It’s that time of year again! Embrace the Brazilian Carnival spirit in Notting Hill! It may be winter in London but that’s no excuse not to get out your colourful clothing, sparkles, and shake it in tribute to Rio’s biggest, brightest and most vibrant party. This year SOS Salve O Samba have invited Rhythms of the City, one of London’s most premier street percussion groups to perform “marchinhas de carnaval”. Sing classics songs of Paulinho da Viola, Martinho da Vila, Cartola, Nelson Cavaquinho and Dona Ivone…

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Roberto Menescal, Diego Figueiredo and Celeste Caramanna celebrate in London the best of Brazilian music Bossa Nova pioneer Roberto Menescal, composer of big hits such as ‘The Barquinho’, will be accompanied by the very talented Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo, on 29-30 November 2020, at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho), in two sessions, one at 7pm and the other at 10pm. Between these two great musicians, the audience will also have on stage of PizzaExpress one of the revelation voices of MPB around the world, Celeste Caramanna, who performs with the duo. Menescal is one of MPB’s (Brazilian Popular Music)…

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Brazil’s Cultural Attaché in London speaks exclusively with BBMag This edition of BBMag is launching a new section that will feature interviews with successful and prominent Brazilians in London. And we couldn’t ask for a better start: meet Paula Rassi, Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Brazil, whose fabulous work so far shows how much she loves her role promoting Brazilian culture in London. BBMag: Hi Paula, tell us a little about your work to promote Brazilian culture in London and some of the initiatives led by the Brazilian Embassy throughout the UK. PR: The Embassy promotes over 60…

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ELIANE ELIAS Eliane Elias, singer-songwriter, composer, producer and winner of several Grammys, performs in London as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, alongside Vinícius Cantuária — vocalist, guitarist, composer, drummer and percussionist. With nearly 30 albums produced and more than two million sold, Eliane’s distinctive sound is one of jazz’s most unique and recognisable. She’s a master instrumentalist, but it’s her talent as a pianist that shines brightest. She’s loyal to her Brazilian roots and keeps fans of jazz coming back for more with her catchy vocals and exquisite brand of instrumental interpretation. Her effortless mix of melody and…

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Arthur Nogueira Hailed as “the contemporary artist responsible for reviving the art of poetry in Brazilian music”, Arthur Nogueira has four albums to his name and has written melodies for poets from around the world, including Antonio Cicero (Brazil), Adonis (Syria) and Rose Ausländer (Ukraine). The set list for his London show, “Coragem de Poeta (Courage of the Poet)” includes songs by stars of Brazilian and South American music, including Renato Russo, Cássia Eller, Tom Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Cazuza, Antonio Cicero, Maria Bethânia, Mercedes Sosa and María Elena Walsh. Where: Servant Jazz Quarters — 10A Bradbury Street, London N16 8JN…

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João Donato at The Jazz Cafe on Saturday 16th November 20th century Brazilian icons don’t come much bigger than João Donato. Starting his recording career at 15, the bossa nova pianist has gone on to release a staggering 29 albums since 1953. It was his time in America in the late 50s where he absorbed Latin, especially Cuban, influences while playing in Mongo Santamaría’s band. The integration of Cuban music with bossa nova has been part of his playing style ever since, but it was back in Rio where he recorded one of his landmark albums A Bossa Muito Moderna de João Donato in…

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A celebration of what would be his 77th birthday   A celebration of Tim Maia returns on what would have been his 77th birthday with a ten-piece Brazilian band led by Kita Steuer performing a selection of Tim Maia’s greatest hits at the Jazz Cafe. Tim Maia is universally recognised as one of the icons of Brazilian music heritage. He contributed soul to a raft of Brazilian music styles, including funk, bossa nova, disco, romantic ballads, pop, rock, jazz, baião and MPB. From humble beginnings, Maia would go on to record and release over thirty albums incorporating a plethora of…

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