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  • Tomie Ohtake sculpture unveiled posthumously in São Paulo

    Tomie Ohtake sculpture unveiled posthumously in São Paulo

    When Japanese-Brazilian artist Tomie Ohtake passed away in February, one of her last wishes went unfulfilled: unveiling a new sculpture on São Paulo’s main thoroughfare, Paulista Avenue. The nonprofit Associação Paulista Viva worked to make Ohtake’s dream a reality, and the untitled piece was unveiled this morning. Conceived three years ago by Ohtake, the 7-ton, […]

  • Afro-Brazilian mass celebrates Black Consciousness Day

    Afro-Brazilian mass celebrates Black Consciousness Day

    Back in February, Eduardo Vieira dos Santos became the first Afro-Brazilian archbishop of São Paulo state; on Friday, he observed Brazil’s Black Consciousness Day by celebrating an Afro mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of Black Men (Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Homens Pretos). The church was founded in […]

  • 'The Second Mother' skewers Brazil's class system with heart, wit

    ‘The Second Mother’ exposes Brazil’s class system with heart, wit

    Whole generations of unskilled Brazilian workers have resigned themselves to a lifetime of servitude to the wealthy. The empregado doméstico (“domestic worker”) is practically a social class unto itself, numbering as many as 6.4 million people across the country, according to recent data from the NGO Doméstica Legal; many of them are migrants from the […]

  • Meet the Brazilian headlines of Electric Daisy Carnival Brasil

    Meet the Brazilian headliners of Electric Daisy Carnival Brasil

    The South American debut of Electric Daisy Carnival, announced Tuesday, is coming to São Paulo’s Autódromo de Interlagos on Dec. 4 to Dec. 5. The massive lineup features 62 artists, of which 16 are Brazilian; you can scroll through sound samples from some of them below. Alok This 25-year-old Brasília native has been DJing since […]

  • Metá Metá third album teaser

    Metá Metá third album teaser (listen/download)

    Metá Metá, the toast of the São Paulo avant-garde scene, is gearing up for their third album. Vocalist Juçara Marçal, saxophonist Thiago França and guitarist Kiko Dinucci were joined by Marcelo Cabral on bass and Serginho Machado on drums for this three-song EP, released just before they headed out on an European tour. Opener “Atotô,” a […]

  • Tomie Ohtake Institute: No words

    Tomie Ohtake Institute: No words

    Five months after the passing of legendary Japanese-Brazilian abstractionist legend Tomie Ohtake, the São Paulo institute that bears her name continues to dazzle visitors. Asides from housing top-notch exhibits, the building’s fluid design — conceived by the artist’s eldest son, Ruy Ohtake — is an attraction in itself, and this wordless, appropriately abstract video is a […]

  • "Homophobia is Outdated' exhibit at São Paulo's Sexual Diversity Museum

    ‘Homophobia is Outdated’ at São Paulo’s Sexual Diversity Museum

    São Paulo’s Sexual Diversity Museum (Museu da Diversidade Sexual) is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, supported by the state Secretary of Culture’s Gender and Ethnicity Initiative. To celebrate its third anniversary, the museum is hosting until June 28 the exhibit “Homophobia is Outdated” (“Homofobia Fora de Moda”). Artists across the country […]

  • Emicida & Féfé team up in 'Bonjour' video

    Emicida & Féfé team up in ‘Bonjour’ video

    Emicida and Féfé — two of the most popular rappers in Brazil and France, respectively — met when Féfé played in São Paulo in early 2014. A few months later, when Emicida made a stop in Paris during a short European tour, Féfé showed him the side of town tourists don’t usually see: the suburbs […]

  • Japanese-Brazilian artist Tomie Ohtake dead at 101

    Japanese-Brazilian artist Tomie Ohtake dead at 101

    Artist Tomie Ohtake died Thursday in São Paulo’s Sírio-Libanês at the age of 101 after a weeklong battle with penumonia. Considered the grand dame of Brazilian plastic arts, Ohatake achieved fame in the 1960’s and stayed true to the challenge she took upon herself: eternal reinvention. Born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1913, Ohtake came to Brazil in 1936 but didn’t take […]

  • New Ethos murals in São Paulo

    New Ethos murals in São Paulo

    Globetrotting São Paulo street artist Claudio Ethos has painted walls and exhibited in galleries all over South America, Europe and the U.S. He’s back at home after a recent stint in Los Angeles, and he’s not wasting any time, as you can see from his recent contributions to SP’s cityscape. “Thematically, these follow along the […]

  • Review: Criolo's 'Convoque Seu Buda' worth the three-year wait

    Review: Criolo’s ‘Convoque Seu Buda’ worth the three-year wait

    Nó Na Orelha (2011) had the surprise factor going for it; only committed Brazilian rap fans had heard his 2005 freestyle debut, so there wasn’t much pent-up demand for Criolo’s second album. But Nó Na Orelha expanded the boundaries of Brazilian hip-hop like nothing before, and music this good just doesn’t go unnoticed, so within months Criolo was topping year’s best lists […]

  • São Paulo stages revival of Afro-Brazilian spectacles

    São Paulo stages revival of Afro-Brazilian spectacles

    São Paulo cultural institution Sesc Campo Limpo is celebrating Black Consciousness Month as well as the upcoming 80th birthday of noted theater director João das Neves with a revival of three Afro-Brazilian spectacles originally staged by him. Neves was one of the founders of Grupo Opinião, a Rio de Janeiro theater group that was a focal point of cultural […]