Brazilians That Rock

Zeca Pagodinho takes the samba back with him to Europe, and the British capital is no exception After the success of concerts carried out in the 2016 tour, Zeca Pagodinho returns to Europe with a new series of performances starting late September. The tour starts out in Paris, where the singer will perform a debut concert. Following that, he’ll put on shows in Lisbon, Geneva, Zurich, Porto and he’ll end the run in London on Sunday, 14 October. The set list will include samba hits that made him one of the country’s most respected artists, both nationally and internationally. From…

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One of Brazil’s most popular contemporary artists, Maria Rita returns to the old continent for the first time since 2010 One of Brazil’s most popular contemporary artists, Maria Rita returns to London for the first time since 2010 with her intimate duo concert ‘Voz & Piano’, accompanied by pianist Rannieri Oliveira. The show is said to be a return to her roots, weaving between bossa, samba and jazz. The audience can expect several hits, including ‘Grito de Alerta’, ‘Cara Valente’, ‘Pagu’, ‘Over The Rainbow’ and ‘Vida de Bailarina’, as well as classics from her late mother, Elis Regina, one of…

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Brazilian hip hop pioneer, Gabriel o Pensador (Gabriel ‘The Thinker’) makes his debut at the Jazz Café in London on Wednesday, 8 August 2018, in the same year he celebrates an amazing 25-year career. Gabriel brings many of his hits like Retrato de um Playboy, 2345meia78 and Cachimbo da Paz, Astronauta and Até Quando, as well as songs from his latest album Sem Crise, like Surfista Solitário, his version of the 1980 Jorge Benjor hit. Catch Gabriel o Pensador in the intimate atmosphere of The Jazz Café and take a trip to Rio and into the head of Gabriel as he blasts out his ideas that reflect the…

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The Brazilian star is back in London for the first time since she sold out Koko in 2009 debuting her unique mix of Brazilian rhythms with pop and reggae. This time Vanessa presents a special show titled Caixinha de Música (Music Box) where she performs new compositions alongside some of her biggest hits. Celebrating sixteen years of a prolific career, Vanessa da Mata includes three new songs in her set: Caixinha de Música, Orgulho e Nada Mais and Gente Feliz. Recorded live in São Paulo last year and released as a CD and DVD to enormous success, it is her…

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Gilberto Gil When it comes to popular Brazilian music, Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira, or Gilberto Gil, is one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time. His long list of awards and accolades, including two Grammys, serve as testament to his worldwide appeal. While more immediately recognised as a pioneer of the Tropicália movement, his music has incorporated various genres over the years, including rock, samba reggae and African music. When: 25 June, 8pm Where: The Barbican Centre Anitta The singer is set to perform on a stage that has graced some of the world’s biggest stars.…

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Brazilian singer André Luz shakes up the old world with his musical initiative Brazilian music continues to conquer new audiences and André Luz, a London-based singer and percussionist named “Best Brazilian Singer” by the Brazilian International Press Award UK in 2017, continues to delight his faithful legion of fans across Europe. After a total of 38,642 votes were cast, only three names were shortlisted in the “popular vote” category. The Awards Council had the final word and chose André Luz as the winner in two categories: Best Singer and Best Band /Group (his musical collective ‘Samba do Chapéu UK’).…

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Thursday, 22 March 2018, Islington Assembly Hall From bass player of one of Brazil’s most influential rock bands ever to becoming a best-selling Brazilian songwriter, Nando Reis brings his solo performance “Nando Reis – Voz e Violão” to London, playing very special renditions from his acclaimed repertoire. This show was designed to display his songs and lyrics as they were conceived and born. On stage, the sweet intimacy of his voice with the vibration of the guitar strings is intertwined with moments of percussive beats on the instrument. His fans, that span several generations, can expect a very moving performance.…

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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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Join the biggest and wildest outdoor camping forró event this year in the UK  With a massive field for camping, 3 different spaces for dancing and a range of scrumptious veggie and meat snacks and meals served all day; Forró Fest UK is the place to be on the August Bank Holiday weekend! Forró Fest have confirmed a packed schedule of workshops, live music, artists from all over the world and activities to have you oozing with dancing glee from Friday to Monday, check it out here. Some new activities this year include Kizomba, Contemporary dance, the wonderful folk dance, Mazurka, and a forró…

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