Category Archives: Brazilian Culture

Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, 2015 – The Samba Schools’ Parades

I’ve made it an annual tradition to write about Carnaval in Brazil, and in Rio de Janeiro specifically. Sadly, a number of other projects have kept me away from a more thorough writeup/analysis of Carnaval this year, but you can … Continue reading

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Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, 2014 – Photos from the Second Night

Last night marked the second and final night of the major parade of samba schools for Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. While Portela and União da Ilha stood out for their performances on the second night, it was Salgueiro samba … Continue reading

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Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, 2014 – Photos from the First Night

It’s that time of year again in Brazil – Carnaval. Last night marked the first night of the major parades in Rio de Janeiro, where, beyond the stereotyped vision of women, there were remarkable floats, songs, dance, and pageantry. As … Continue reading

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Regulating Hip-Hop in Brazil?

In an unusual story, rappers and hip-hop artists in Brazil are rallying in response to a law that seeks to regulate their art. Politician (and former soccer star) Romário proposed a bill that would regulate hip-hop professionals, including MCs, DJs, … Continue reading

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Popular Demonstrations Continue to Resonate through Brazilian Politics

In the wake of lower bus fares and discussions of a national plebiscite, the recent and ongoing protests in Brazil continue to ripple throughout Brazilian politics and the people’s voices continue to resonate. One of the major targets of public … Continue reading

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The Economic Power of Favelas

This is remarkable: Brazil currently has 12 million people living in favelas. They are responsible for generating R$38.6 billion per year in commercial activity, which is equivalent, for example, to the GDP of Bolivia. If they were a state, they … Continue reading

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Get to Know a Brazilian – Rachel de Queiroz

Turning to another important author in Brazilian history, this week we look at Rachel de Queiroz, who would have celebrated her 102nd birthday yesterday. Rachel de Queiroz was born in 1910  in Fortaleza, capital of the Northeastern state of Ceará. … Continue reading

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Get to Know a Brazilian – Oscar Niemeyer

This week’s entry looks at the (in)famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, one of the most prolific and best-known figures of modernist architecture in the mid-20th century and a figure whose impact on Brazilian culture and art cannot be denied, even if … Continue reading

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Get to Know a Brazilian – Tom Zé

This post, the last in the series on artists tied to the Tropicália movement, focuses on one of the most innovative and clever Brazilian musicians of the last 50 years – Tom Zé. Now 76 and better known by his stage name, … Continue reading

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Get to Know a Brazilian – Torquato Neto

This week’s “Get to Know a Brazilian” focuses on Torquato Neto, a figure whose contributions to the Tropicália movement are even more overlooked than those of Rogério Duprat. Some of the most moving, daring, and playful compositions of the Tropicália sound came from … Continue reading

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