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  • Boogarins embarking on U.S., Canadian tour

    Boogarins embarking on U.S./Canadian tour

    Childhood buddies Dinho Almeida (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Benke Ferraz (solo guitar) formed Boogarins in 2012, recruited Hans Castro (drums) and Raphael Vaz (bass guitar) to expand into a proper band, recorded an EP at home, and shopped it around to foreign labels. They soon had a contract with New York-based Other Music, and their […]

  • Naná Vasconcelos gets a musical farewell

    Naná Vasconcelos gets a musical farewell

    He would have wanted it this way. Mourners for percussionist Naná Vasconcelos made music a centerpiece of his farewell in his hometown of Recife, Pernambuco. Voz Nagô, a female vocal group he launched eight years ago to participate in his annual opening ceremonies for the city’s Carnival, performed at his wake on Wednesday night. Here’s Vasconcelos […]

  • The Brazilian bands most likely to turn heads at SXSW 2016

    6 Brazilian bands you need to see at SXSW 2016

    There are eight Brazilian bands and three solo artists performing at South by Southwest 2016. Here’s an annotated guide to the acts you really oughta get acquainted with — whether or not you’re there. ruído/mm Their name stands for “noise per millimeter,” they’re from the southern city of Curitiba, and they’re just about the best the […]

  • Percussionist Naná Vasconcelos dead at 71

    Remembering master percussionist Naná Vasconcelos

    World-renowned Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos died Wednesday in his hometown of Recife, Pernambuco. Vasconcelos had collaborations with artists such as B. B. King and Ella Fitzgerald under his belt, and was recognized as the world’s best percussionist by DownBeat magazine eight times. Born Juvenal de Holanda Vasconcelos on August 2, 1944, he inherited his artistic […]

  • New videos from Jaloo, Adriano Cintra

    New videos from Jaloo, Adriano Cintra

    Remember Jaloo, whose #1 was, appropriately enough, the top pick in our list of the essential Brazilian electronica albums of 2015? Well, now he’s also a music video director. Last Dance is the second video from #1, and it basically consists of a close-up of Jaloo singing the album’s most melancholy song as he’s slowly […]

  • Review: Badi Assad at Old Town School

    Review: Badi Assad at Old Town School

    Let’s get this out of the way first: Badi Assad’s music is uncategorizable. She sings in Portuguese and English, she writes music and lyrics, she plays guitar with classical and Brazilian influences, and she is a master of creating percussive sounds with her body, especially her vocal apparatus. And that only begins to describe the […]

  • Listen: The fierce Afrofuturism of Larissa Luz

    The fierce Afrofuturism of Larissa Luz (listen/download)

    Singer-songwriter Larissa Luz partnered with anthropologist and author Goli Guerreiro to conceptualize her second album, Território Conquistado (“Conquered Territory”); the result is a provocative entry in the budding Brazilian Afrofuturism genre, with some Afro-punk thrown in for good measure. The album was conceived as a tribute to notable women black women; several of them (including […]

  • Stefanini, a new name to watch in Brazilian electronica

    Stefanini, a new name to watch in Brazilian electronica

    The music is trap and R&B-influenced synthpop; the video is pure vaporwave, filled with sculptures, vintage computer graphics, glitch art and VHS effects. The artist is Rafel Stefanini, who goes by his last name and got a lot of attention outside his native Goiânia last year by opening for MØ in São Paulo and covering […]

  • Baleia is back, with the majesty of a Brazilian Arcade Fire

    Baleia is back, with the majesty of a Brazilian Arcade Fire

    Rio de Janeiro sextet Baleia (that’s Portuguese for “whale”) gave us the best Brazilian album of 2013, Quebra — a soaring debut that harkened back to the melding of prog rock and Brazilian folk music concocted by the Clube da Esquina collective in the 1970s and updated it for the 21st century, with a dash […]