Music

Tribalistas is the musical trio of Marisa Monte, Arnaldo Antunes and Carlinhos Brown. Their first album, Tribalistas, was released in Brazil in 2002, and then overseas in 2003. BBMag was granted an exclusive interview with these hugely influential musicians, a must-read for fans of Brazilian music. BBMag: We know this is your first tour together. After 16 years and two albums, as well as successful solo careers, what was the reason behind deciding to tour now? Marisa Monte: The desire to tour together was always there, but timing and circumstances conspired against us. We are all solo artists in our…

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Brazilian music was born from a mixture of genres and styles, a characteristic that defines it to this very day The Brazilian musical scene has always been shaped by on-going attempts to innovate, many of them inspired by a mixture of different genres. This musical miscegenation gave birth to Bossa Nova and to MPB in the last century, both of which incorporated elements of traditional music whilst allowing room for a multitude of other styles to blossom, affording composers enough freedom to experiment with all kinds of unusual arrangements. As of the twenty-first century, Brazilian rhythms were strongly influenced by…

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Bento Araujo, researcher, journalist and Record collector, will be launching his two volume book Lindo Sonho Delirante at the Embassy of Brazil in London The search for the new has always driven humankind, but in the 1960s, this quest gained greater intensity. In the universe of popular art, it was a time of overwhelming creativity. The books Lindo Sonho Delirante- volumes 1&2 by the journalist, researcher and record collector Bento Araujo, are written in English and Portuguese. In Volume1- Lindo Sonho Delirante: 100 psychedelic records from Brazil (1968-1975) exposes the complete range and breadth of Brazil’s 1960s and 1970s psych rock scene by presenting…

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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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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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