Friday, March 6, 2015

Beija-Flor: Rio's Carnaval Winner in 2015



Beija-Flor took first place in the February, 2015 samba school parades during Carnaval in the Sambódromo in Rio de Janeiro. It was accused by many of having been sponsored this year by Equatorial Guinea, a dictatorship. Beija-Flor's many recent victories have also raised eyebrows about the impartiality of the parade judges. Nevertheless, they did put on quite a show, as usual.









Read about Carnaval and samba in The Brazilian Sound:
by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha

Also by Chris McGowan: The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's

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Unidos da Tijuca


The Unidos da Tijuca samba school had Switzerland
(and various aspects of its heritage and artistry)
as its theme for Rio de Janeiro's 2015 Carnaval.








Read about Carnaval and samba in The Brazilian Sound:
by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha

Also by Chris McGowan: The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's

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Viradouro





Viradouro and actress Juliana Paes in Rio de Janeiro's
escola de samba (samba school) parades for the 2015 Carnaval

Read about Carnaval and samba in The Brazilian Sound:
by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha

Also by Chris McGowan: The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's

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Imperatriz Leopoldinense


Imperatriz Leopoldinense, paying tribute to Nelson Mandela
in Rio de Janeiro's 2015 Carnaval (Carnival) celebration





Read about Carnaval and samba in The Brazilian Sound:
by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha

Also by Chris McGowan: The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rio Carnaval 2015: Portela

Rio de Janeiro's Carnaval 2015:
The Portela Samba School


The spectacular and huge Portela eagle that kept watch
over Portela's beautiful Carnaval parade for 2015.


Rainha da bateria Patricia Nery with Bahian
axé music legend Carlinhos Brown








Above: images from the Portela escola de samba (samba school), including its huge, spectacular eagle float. Read about the history of Carnaval and samba in The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil.


Also by Chris McGowan: The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Updated Brazilian Sound Kindle Edition


The updated 2014 Kindle edition of The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha is now available. The leading English-language guide to Brazilian musicians and genres has added lots of beautiful color photos and new artists in all genres, including popular contemporary styles like música sertaneja, funk carioca and tecnobrega. Read it on the iPad, Mac, PC and other tablets with free Kindle reading apps from Amazon.

For anyone interested in exploring the vast world of Brazilian music, The Brazilian Sound will serve nicely as a smart and practical road map."Jazziz

“It continues to be the most informative—and eminently readable—book about Brazilian popular music.” —Don Heckman, The Los Angeles Times

“Well researched . . . . its breadth of coverage is impressive.” —Randal Johnson, Hispanic American Historical Review

“Enlightening descriptions of musical styles.” —Martha Carvalho, Popular Music 


Global links for the Kindle edition


Paperback, Hardback & Nook


The Brazilian Sound's Kindle cover design is by Cristina Portella

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Simple Way to Save a Life / Salvar uma Vida


We can save millions who have blood diseases now. Nearly everyone has a family member who has had one or knows of someone who has had leukemia or another blood illness. Please help just by registering.

Here's how in the U.S. and Brazil (please share).

U.S. (English)

Brazil (Português):

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