Brazilians That Rock

He is one of Brazil’s most revered artists, and is all set to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in May, with a guaranteed hit repertoire of David Bowie tributes, taking inspiration from the late, legendary showman’s disk covers. With all his style and charm, Seu Jorge stamps his charismatic Bossa on hits such as Starman, Rebel Rebel and Life On Mars. Upon first hearing Seu Jorge singing his songs in the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Bowie, who passed away in January 2016, said “If Seu Jorge hadn’t recorded my songs in Portuguese, I’d never have…

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TURMOIL Physical Comedy by Brazil’s Hottest Playwright – part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2017 (WAF 2017) Dende Collective – the Anglo-Brazilian Theatre Company presents the European premiere of a new play by Jô Bilac, the most prized Brazilian writer of the moment, performed in the Battersea Library as part of the WAF 2017. Jô Bilac’s work finally arrives in the UK: 5, 6, 12 and 13 May 2017 at 7 PM. TURMOIL will be performed on a traverse area at the exquisite Reading Room of the 1924-built Battersea Library. When: 5, 6, 12 &13 May 2017…

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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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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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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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Concerts to heat up your winter nights! Check out the dates and enjoy Brazilian artists in London! – WESLEY SAFADÃO One of today’s most popular Brazilian music acts is bringing his unique mix of forró and pop to London for the very first time. Originally from Fortaleza, in recent years the singer has won legions of fans from all over Brazil and is now setting his sights on an international career. A show that promises to get everyone on their feet and dancing along to his catchy hits, like “Camarote” and “Aquele 1%”. When: 12 February Where: O2 Forum – Kentish…

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The British group Ex Cathedra, which consists of a choir and an orchestra, will perform a special ‘Brazilian Christmas’ concert in Birmingham, this December. The show is to be a tribute to the life work of Castro Lobo, who was one of the greatest Brazilian composers of the period of the country’s Portuguese colonization, and lived in the 18th century city of Ouro Preto, in the state of Minas Gerais. The concert will feature a number of the composer’s most well known works, interpreted by Ex Cathedra, who are continuing their Brazilian theme of releases, after the success of their…

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The multi-instrumentalist and singer Ed Motta will be in London to play his new album entitled Perpetual Gateways. Ed Motta, from Rio de Janeiro, has a unique musical repertoire, with strong influences from MPB, Jazz, Rock, Soul Music and Funk. He comes from a musical family (his uncle was the famous Brazilian singer Tim Maia), and Ed has had a number of hits in Brazil, like Vamos Dançar and Manuel. With an internationally acclaimed career, Europe and the United States have always been part of his touring schedule and this time is no different. Put the date in your diary.…

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International Rock Day is on 13 July, and as a way of paying tribute to such a historic musical genre which continues to be as relevant as it ever was, we have selected some of the most noteworthy, successful and talented exponents of the genre from Britain and Brazil. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of hearing any of those on our list, now’s your chance! Brazilian Bands Legião Urbana Originating in Brasília in 1982, Legião Urbana were a band who had massive success all over Brazil, and even after the tragic death of their singer Renato Russo,…

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