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Sense of Place: Rio

"In Rio it is the unique way you divide the tempo, it’s the city’s groove. Everyone has it inside their head." -Rio based musician Kassin

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Go on a walking tour with Brazilian musician and poet Sylvio Fraga

Sylvio Fraga is a poet and composer from Rio. He lived most of his childhood in New Jersey where he was known as "The Brazilian." As a thirteen-year-old he returned with his family to Rio de Janeiro and was now considered a semi-gringo. Sylvio has written two books of poetry and records with his band The Sylvio Fraga Trio.

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Samba Chula de São Braz

The first stop on our World Cafe trip to Brazil was in Pelourinho, the old part of city of Salvador on the country’s northeast coast. Hoping to get a sense of the...Read More

Alex Shaw from Alo Brasil on the evolution of samba

"Talking About All The Styles of Samba Is Like Talking About All The Styles of Rock!" Our guest today Alex Shaw directs the Philadelphia band Alo Brasil. The group manages to synthesize all...Read More

Sylvio Fraga Trio

Songwriter Sylvio Fraga joins us today singing with his Trio. His music definitely has samba underneath but also a hefty dose of American singer-songwriters. When you hear about his upbringing both in Rio...Read More

Seu Jorge (from the WC archives)

The music of Seu Jorge occupies a singular place in today's Brazil. His songs are hailed as a return to the traditional songwriting of Tom Jobim and Caetano Veloso. But his style, and...Read More

Forró in the Dark (from the WC archives)

Forro in the Dark gets its name from the Forro, a type of dance and music that's been popular in northeastern Brazil for more than 100 years. The style's traditional incarnation involves a...Read More

Do Amor

Do Amor Proves There Are Rock Bands In Rio A four piece Rio rock band that has been playing together since the members were 15 when they bonded over cheap vinyl, Do Amor recently...Read More

Os Mutantes (from the WC archives)

Tropicália Architects Os Mutantes 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...Read More

Latin Roots 24 Tropicália (from the WC archives)

A Very Brief History Of Tropicália - In this segment of Latin Roots, Alt.Latino host Jasmine Garsd discusses how the Brazilian artistic movement of Tropicália, also known as Tropicalismo, emerged and became...Read More


"Rio Is A Small Music Community..There Is a Kind Of Interaction That Makes The Music Unique Here." Kassin was the perfect person to talk with us about the contemporary music scene in...Read More

Bebel Gilberto (from the WC archives)

Bebel Gilberto and The Next Generation Of Bossa Nova - Bebel Gilberto may be the daughter of one of the first Bossa Nova composers, Joao Gilberto, but that is hardly her only distinction....Read More

Vinicius Cantuária (from the WC archives)

Bossa Nova singer Vinicius Cantuária - In 2004, Brazilian singer Vinicius Cantuária visited us at The Cafe, he was in the midst of a string of gorgeous well-praised albums that began with...Read More

Latin Roots 12 Bossa Nova (from the WC archives)

The "New Sound" of Bossa Nova - For our Sense of Place: Rio series we re-visit this installment of the Latin Roots series as we explore bossa nova music, guided by Latin-music expert...Read More

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