Music

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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Check out our exclusive interview with international live music recording artists Leee John and Jorge Vercillo  BBMAG: Hello Leee and Jorge, and welcome to BBMag! Where are you in now as we conduct this interview? Leee: I’m in London, after a break in Benicasim, Spain. Jorge: I’m in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, in Barra da Tijuca.  BBMAG: How has Covid-19 affected you both, in terms of your mental state of mind? Has this period had any impact on your creativity? Leee: My last concert was in Mozambique, the week that the UK went into lockdown. We were concerned about the situation locally in Africa, but they were better prepared than…

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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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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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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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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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The event brings to London a little of what happens, routinely, in various regions of Brazil Sitting in a bar, having a meal with the Brazilian seasoning and listening to good music has always been a passion of Brazilians, especially on Sundays. The band Samba do Chapéu soon realized the lack of this type of event in the city of London, and, in partnership with Chef Jo Nonato, decided to create something alike. And as Feijoada Completa is a popular dish from north to south of the country, it was eventually chosen to be the flagship of the…

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Brazilian celebration and tradition S.O.S Salve o Samba is a multicultural project bringing to London a distinctive experience on the Brazilian cultural heritage of the samba. Since 2018, this award-winning group has been promoting a successful monthly ‘Roda de Samba’ at the Maxilla Social Club. The group has also performed as supporting act for Arlindinho and Zeca Pagodinho. Traditionally, Brazilians celebrate the life of the children around this time of the year. In September, festivities dedicated to the Saints Cosmas and Damian take place all over the country, including rituals such as distributing bags with typical sweets to youngsters.…

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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 project aimed to show the diversity of Brazilian music in the London scene Samba do Chapéu, with the project Samba e Movimento, embarks on a journey through the most diverse genres of Brazilian music playing a selection of biggest hits. The band has put together an extensive music selection, ranging from sambas enredo, samba rock and bossa nova to forró, baião, frevo and marchinhas, so the audience can hear a little of everything, enjoying Brazil in a journey from north to south of the country. With also a Brazilian DJ, the atmosphere becomes even better. The event takes place…

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Saturday 7th September is the Brazilian Independence Day both in Brazil and here, at The Jazz Cafe We’re excited to once again celebrate Brazilian Independence Day in Camden with a standout São Paulo-based group who embody the Afro-Brazilian cultural double-bond. Metá Metá, whose breakout album featured the divine drumming of Tony Allen, mix the spiritual and rhythmic foundations of this bond with influences ranging from Afrobeat to Afrosambas and punk rock to be-bop. The trio create chaotic, life-affirming music that explodes with the rage of The Stooges and Sonic Youth, the spirituality of John Coltrane and Sun Ra and the wild,…

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