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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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An all-day event combining live music with samba tunes, typical Brazilian food, free dance classes and much more As Londoners are warming up for the Notting Hill Carnival at the end of August the project “S.O.S. Salve O Samba” has prepared a special event for the next “Roda de Samba” on 18 August 2019 at the Maxilla Social Club in Notting Hill. A set list tailored with a collection of songs will enhance the Brazilian carnival spirit, alongside tunes from classical and modern artists, such as Cartola, Paulinho da Viola, Martinho da Vila, Candeia and Nelson Cavaquinho. The ‘Roda de…

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ROBERTO CARLOS Roberto Carlos, or the “King” as he is affectionately known throughout Brazil, will perform in London in May. He’s unquestionably one of Brazil’s most famous international stars, and his show in the UK is part of the Amor Sin Límite tour, which will also visit Portugal, France, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland. His albums have sold more than 120 million copies and smashed record sales—in 1994 he sold 70 million records—in Spanish, English, Italian and French. Roberto has one of the largest fan clubs in the world. The show’s playlist promises to have romantics emotionally charged and swaying with…

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Armandinho, Brazil’s biggest reggae star, is coming to London on Friday 2 August 2019 Brazil’s biggest reggae star joins us for his UK debut this summer Armandinho has become known the world round thanks to hits like ‘Lua Cheia’ and ‘Semente’. For his first ever show in London he will be performing a very special stripped back show, with him and his guitar front and centre. To buy the show tickets, all you have to do is access The Jazz Cafe website. When: Friday, 2 August 2019 Where: The Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7PG

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Brazilian psychedelic band Boogarins is coming back to London on Wednesday 17th July Boogarins bring their psychedelic blues-based guitar lines and dazzling supernova synths bumping rhythms back to the capital for their biggest show to date after selling out Corsica Studios last year. Opening the show will be Clémentine March; musically trained in Brazil, she writes songs and instrumentals that cross language and genre borders, mashing raw rock sounds, pastoral pop compositions and Brazilian influences. To buy the show tickets, just go to The Jazz Cafe website. When: Monday 8th July Where: The Jazz Café, 5 Parkway,Camden, London, NW1 7PG

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