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Jazz Vocalist Luciana Souza Beguiles on 'Storytellers'

In arranger Vince Mendoza and the WDR Big Band, singer Luciana Souza has partners who understand that it's important she beguile rather than batter.

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No Place Like 'Homem': Rapper Terra Preta Gives Hip-Hop a Brazilian Re-Think

Preta's chancy way with a honeyed melody and the sensual pulse of Afro-Brazilian rhythms calls to mind the vibrant colours of his São Paulo’s coastal ridges; beautiful and exhilarating all at once.

Music

Lush Life: The Music of Brazil's Doris Monteiro

Doris Monteiro, Brazil's "Queen of Radio", offered in 1976 what was perhaps her finest musical declaration with Agora, a now obscure and luxurious treasure of Brazilian pop-delights.

Music

Ratos de Porão : Século Sinistro

Brazilian thrash veterans Ratos de Porão's first offering in eight years is certainly nothing worth dancing over.

Music

Garotas Suecas: Feras Míticas

Acid jazz was there before, but now it takes over.

Music

Dona Onete: Feitiço Caboclo

Looking around for translations of the Portuguese lyrics, I find out that I've been listening to her request kisses from a beer-wet mouth.

Music

Da Cruz: Disco e Progresso

Mariana Da Cruz sounds as if she's having the time of her life on vocals.

Music

The Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra - "Dead Dance (Mark E Remix)" (audio) (Premiere)

PopMatters has the exclusive stream of the Mark E remix of the Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra's "Dead Dance", a tune tied to one of the most important developments in Brazilian disco music.

Music

Caetano Veloso: Abraçaço

The final recording of a collaborative trilogy, Abraçaço sees the seemingly ageless septuagenarian inventively fusing the Tropicália style with an indie pop sensibility.

Reviews

'The Tenants' Are Prisoners In Their Own Home

This understated but masterful psychological thriller from Brazil gives an unflinching look at the causes and costs of violence.

Reviews

That Great Intriguing Mulatto: 'Brazil: An Inconvenient History'

Yes, Brazil has lovely beaches, an incomparably rich musical heritage, and an attractive populace. It also has a particularly shameful past as the foundation of the most extensive forced migration in human history.

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'VIPs': The True Story of Brazil's Greatest Con Man

After making a name for himself starring as a cop in the gritty Elite Squad films, Brazilian star Wagner Moura is on the other side of the law as a con man in VIPs.

Music

O Bando: O Bando

O Bando was richly produced, with full orchestral arrangements for each song, fuzzy flowerpower rock, vocal harmonies, and the multigenre flavour of a British pop Brazil.

Games

'don't take it personally': Identity Performance and Surveillance Culture

Christine Love captures the impulsive, shortsighted character of adolescence phenomenally well here, including the reproduction of all the expectations and sex-obsessed attitudes our mass media have thrust upon these kids.

Music

Telebossa: Telebossa

Bussmann surrounds Mello's soft voice with the sound of corks popping, and then circles around him in an avant-garde, repetitive way with the cello.

Deanne Sole
Reviews

Hangin' with the New Bolivarians in Oliver Stone's 'South of the Border'

Oliver Stone has chosen to channel his 'radical' political leanings into his documentaries, and this film would seem to bear that out.

Science

Why the Caged Bird Sings

TED Fellow Juliana Machado Ferreira's work focuses on bringing the latest advances in forensic science to bear against “crimes against nature. Her bete noir—and the driving factor behind her research—is the illegal wildlife trade that removes hundreds of thousands of animals, primarily birds, from Brazil’s ecosystem every year.

Music

Luísa Maita: Lero-Lero

There are numerous moments within these samba-influenced songs that mark points of departure from the norm and signal an artist capable of making her own mark on the international stage.

Books

Culture is our Weapon: Making Music and Changing Lives in Rio de Janeiro by Patrick Neate and Damian

In the unforgiving favelas of Rio de Janeiro, there is hope on hand in the form of AfroReggae, an organisation that is part NGO, part band.

Music

SambaDá: Gente!

North American Brazilians who adore samba, capoeira, and rips of surf guitar.

Music

Various Artists: Comfusões 1: From Angola to Brasil

The album's personality sits somewhere between Angolan lament and the more extroverted intervention of the Brazilians.

Music

Elizete Cardoso: Canção do Amor Demais

She sounds like a woman who has grown experienced without also having grown bitter, rueful but far from broken.

Music

Márcio Local: Don Dree Don Day Don Don

There's such delight and energy in everything he does that if he has a success with this album, it will be hard to grudge him his good luck.

Music

Sonantes: Sonantes

A good-humoured album, mild-mannered, laid-back, and enjoyable -- an album without fury or evil thoughts.

Music

CéU: Remixed EP

Do Brazilian women ever get excited? So many of the ones we hear tend to sigh over us at a wombling Girl-From-Ipanema pace.

Music

Various: Porque Este Océano es el Tuyo, es el Mío

This album, its mouthful of a title borrowed from Pablo Neruda, is a compilation of indie pop tracks from South and Central America.

Music

Various: The Rough Guide to the Music of Brazil

The genius of Brazil, according to Armstrong's collection, is intricate and involved, often backed by hard percussion but profoundly light.

Music

Putumayo: Women of the World

Despite the different springs feeding into these women's inspirational homes, the album is successful at uniting these unique, accomplished musicians.

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Part 4: Challenging Convention

As cinema went completely commercial, abandoning art for artifice, true aesthetic acumen was hard to come by. Luckily, for the movies included herein, it was their difference, as well as their diversity, that helped them stand out from the rest of the high concept hackwork.

Music

Forro in the Dark: Asa Branca

None of the mixes are bad, none are exceptionally good, they're just sort of there.

Music

Going Balloon: An Interview with Forro in the Dark

Mauro Refosco of Forro in the Dark chats with PopMatters about music, keeping his cool, and Brazilian cooking.

Lyra Pappin
Film

Future Shock: The Death of Serious Science Fiction

The serious Science Fiction film genre is dead or at least on cinematic life support. As the new millennial marches forward, and an omnipresent production paradigm that substitutes spectacle for smarts, futurist filmmaking is definitely gasping for breath.


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