Brazil

2:28pm

Thu July 18, 2013
World Cafe

Os Mutantes On World Cafe

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 3:58 pm

Os Mutantes.
Courtesy of the artist.

One of the most influential Brazilian psychedelic rock bands of the Tropicália movement, Os Mutantes released its first album in 35 years, Haih or Amortecedor, in 2009. Formed by brothers Sergio and Arnaldo Dias, the group initially drew inspiration from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, English rock and traditional Brazilian music.

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2:44pm

Wed July 17, 2013
World Cafe

Sylvio Fraga: Rio De Janeiro, By Way Of New York City

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 3:59 pm

Sylvia Fraga Trio.
WXPN

In this installment of Sense of Place: Rio, songwriter Sylvio Fraga performs two songs with his trio. There are underlying hints of samba in his performance, as well as a hefty dose of American songwriting. It makes sense that he would combine the two styles, given that he grew up in both Rio de Janeiro and New York City.

Fraga recently released his debut album Rosto, which he's made available for free download on his website.

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2:44pm

Wed July 17, 2013
World Cafe

Beautiful Bossa Nova From Rio's Seu Jorge

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 8:41 am

Seu Jorge performs on stage during a 2005 festival in Rio.
Lionel Bonaventure Getty Images

The music of Seu Jorge occupies a singular place in today's Brazil. His songs are widely hailed as a return to the traditional songwriting of Tom Jobim and Caetano Veloso. But his style, and his background, lead many to call Jorge a hero of life on Rio's streets. It was his history in the slums of Rio de Janeiro that led to bigger things for Jorge, including a high-profile appearance in the 2002 film City of God.

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1:26pm

Tue July 16, 2013
World Cafe

Roots Of Samba: Exploring Historic Pelourinho In Salvador, Brazil

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 8:42 am

Randy Roberts discusses samba at his record store in Pelourinho, the historic center of Salvador, Brazil.
Bob Giardini Productions and WXPN's Kim Junod

The first stop on World Cafe's trip to Brazil was in Pelourinho, the old part of the city of Salvador on the country's northeast coast. In this installment of Sense of Place: Rio, World Cafe captures a performance from the brother-duo Samba Chula de São Braz, in an effort to learn more about the samba style.

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11:15am

Sun July 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Mob Brutally Kills Soccer Referee After Player Is Stabbed And Killed

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 11:25 am

Brazilian police have made an arrest in a grisly incident during a soccer match, in which a referee's leveling of a red card penalty set off a clash with a player that resulted in the player's death and ended with the official being brutally killed.

The killings occurred during an amateur game last Sunday, June 30, in Maranhão, a state in Brazil's northeast that is west of Recife.

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