Music

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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BBMag – Let’s start at the beginning: where are you from, where have you lived, and where’s home now? Nina Miranda – I was born in Brasilia, Brazil, in 1970 and have lived all over: Brasilia, Kent, Petropolis, Rio, London, Toulouse, London, Bath, London, Rio. London is home again, since 1996. BBMag – Tell us a bit about your family and your childhood. Nina Miranda – Lots of moving around! My grandparents were from China and Australia and my mother was born in Iran. She met my father in Paris in 1968. They were art students at the time;…

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Brazil’s iconic singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil returned to London at the Barbican Centre with an exciting new creative music project – bringing the joyful, exuberant spirit of the Bahian Carnival to accompany him. For those of you that are not that familiar with Gil he´s truly an iconic music legend and one of the biggest leading lights ever to emerge of the provocative Tropicalia movement that swept Brazil in the late 1960s with a discography spanning nearly 50 years. With a warm welcome back to the London’s Barbican on 31st October Gilberto Gil’s charismatic stage presence was complemented by the rhythms and vocal…

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I first had the privilege of hearing the multi-faceted musical talents of American musician Arto Lindsay many years ago, whilst working for Music Week Magazine. As soon as I heard his album “Salt” (Righteous Babe, 2004), I became fascinated by his warm and sultry sound, which carried unmistakable Brazilian influences, a cool combination of that familiar jazz style/bossa nova guitar and a gentle vocal that effortlessly switched between Portuguese and English: a welcoming celebration of two cultures. Following a string of International tour dates, Arto Lindsey recently made his return to London with a live performance at the Barbican Centre,…

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Anglo-Brazilian Society is inviting everybody to a Samba Workshop to learn about the history of Samba and experience a real samba lesson. There will also be a live demonstration of the instruments used in Samba by a professional intrumentalist and a dance performed by a Samba dancer. Members Free Non Members £5 (Payments done via paypal: absanglobraziliansociety@gmail.com) RSVP: absanglobraziliansociety@gmail.com When: Tuesday, 22 August, 6.30pm-9pm Where: Embassy of Brazil in London – 14-16 Cockpur Street, London SW1Y 5BL

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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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Marcos Valle doesn’t just sing, he has penned more than 3,000 songs for the likes of Roberto Carlos, Sarah Vaughan, Chicago and Dizzy Gillespie, to name just a few. As an artist who often represents Brazil at major international events – from China and Japan to Europe, Canada and the USA – it’s now London’s turn to sample his work. When: 6 August Where: Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club – 47 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 4HT

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The Brazilian rock group Nação Zumbi are set to play The Garage, in London. Nação Zumbi was formed in the 1990s and with their vast musical repertoire have had a huge influence on Brazilian music and other strands of rock, helping to raise both their own profile and that of Brazilian music overseas. Where: The Garage When: 22 July Click here for more information and tickets.

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Dona Onete – ‘the grande dame of Amazonian song’ – returns with further tales from the river Amazon on her sophomore album Banzeiro Banzeiro is defined by Onete’s honest reflections on life, love, sex as well as her delight in the everyday pleasures of life in the Amazon, whether that’s spicy seasoning, salty kisses or fishy-smelling water. Formerly a history teacher, folklore researcher, union representative, culture secretary and children’s author – “I never thought I would be a singer” she claims – Onete recorded her debut album Feitiço Caboclo at 73. Born in the Amazonian region of Pará in 1938…

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