Category Archives: Latin American Music

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

Posted in Brazil, Brazilian Culture, Brazilian Music, Favelas, Governance in Latin America, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo

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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Carnaval in Rio – Photos from the First Night

Last night was the first of two nights in which Rio de Janeiro’s major samba schools parade. Below, are collections of images for each of the first six schools to parade through the Sambódromo, last night. Once again, as the … Continue reading

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A Questionable Use of Public Funds in Paraguay?

While governmental spending on culture is important, it can lead to some fierce backlash, too, as Paraguay’s Congress (the same body that hastily removed President Fernando Lugo, who fought to address socioeconomic inequalities, from office last year) is finding out … Continue reading

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