Thursday, September 13, 2012

Harmonia do Samba in NYC 9/21/12

Harmonia do Samba Friday September 21, 2012 at Webster Hall | 125 East 11th Street between 3rd and 4th Aves NYC | General Admission only $50.00 for a limited time | For more info call Beleza NYC (646) 801-9390

Harmonia do Samba has sold over 4 million records and performs an average of 120 concerts per year in Brazil and abroad. It is one of the top pagode groups from Bahia and has achieved a solid place in the Brazilian Popular Music genre, Música Popular Brasileira (MPB).
The group's signature rhythm mixes two styles that can be considered sub-genres of samba, pagode and axé, that has seduced followers all over the world and made an indelible mark on pagode.
During the summer of 2011, Harmonia do Samba recorded its third DVD, “Selo de Qualidade” (Mark of Quality) and in May 2012 released their 13th album, “Tudo de Novo" (Everything Over Again).
Harmonia do Samba has been nominated for Latin Grammy Awards in the United States for two consecutive years, in 2008, “Best Contemporary Regional Music Album,” and “Best Album - Samba/Pagode” in 2009. The group also performed at the Latin Grammies in 2008.
Many famous Brazilian artists have collaborated with the group including Ivete Sangalo, Sandra de Sá, Cláudia Leite, Carla Perez, Léo Santana (Parangolé), Márcio Victor (Psirico), Saulo Fernandes (Banda Eva) and group Exaltasamba.

Download "Remelexexe"

Harmonia do Samba official website

Friday, September 7, 2012

Gaiola das Popozudas Live 9/16/12

Valesca e Gaiola das Popozudas, performing Sunday September 16, 2012 at XL Lounge in Newark. 70 Jabez Street Newark, NJ 07105-3021 | More info Newark Night Life 347 261 4650

Brazil's most famous funk group, Gaiola das Popozudas, performs in Newark next Sunday.
What is funk (pronounced fun-kee in Portuguese)? It's now an internationally popular dance music created in the poor slums (favelas) of Rio de Janeiro. The funk rhythm is rooted in "Miami Bass" and has evolved to incorporate traditional Brazilian instrumentation and rhythm. For more on the history and evolution of funk carioca see and wikipedia.
Most Brazilians call the music funk, but it's also referred to as Funk Carioca. The parties where they play the music are called Bailes, and this is why foreigners often call the music "Baile Funk".

Fronted by dancer/singer Valesca Popozuda, the group was started in 2000 and has since risen to international fame with songs like "Agora eu Sou Solteira" (Now I'm Single) and "My Pussy é o Poder" (My Pussy is the Power). The lyrics celebrate female sexuality in a crass and vulgar way, which has caused some of their songs to be edited and censored by radio stations. In a February 2012 interview with well-known Brazilian journalist and talk show host Marília Gabriela, Valesca says that funk is now dominated by female groups and a mostly female audience. Many women have told her they identify with her music (watch entire Portuguese language video of this interview with Valesca).

Valesca started her career as a dancer on the funk scene and since performing with Gaiola das Popozudas she's also been queen of several Rio samba schools. Valesca, 33, has a 10-year old son and speaks candidly about the plastic surgery she's had augmenting her breast and buttocks, the latter of which is insured for $US 2.46 million ($R 5 million).
I think it's kind of funny that her physical appearance and the group's name (Popozuda means woman with a large behind) revolves around an African standard of beauty--the rear end.

Check out this video of a Gaiola das Popozudas show and their official website.
Download "Agora Tô Solteira"

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Brazilian Music Day is September 7, 2012

Everyone knows about the Brazilian Day Festival, but what about Brazilian Music Day? Brazilian Music Day is an online and live event offering thousands of links, videos, radio programs, historical essays, galleries, databases and discographies celebrating Brazilian music and culture.

The Brazilian
Music Day website will post/host 20,000 albums, 5000 links, 3000 videos, essays, broadcasts and more.
There will also be a major seminar at Columbia University and dozens of concerts. For a list of Brazilian Music Day events, click here. will remain active as an online resource to make this culturally significant body of work readily available to people around the globe for study and enjoyment.

Brazilian World Music Day is a project of the ARChive of Contemporary Music, the largest collection of popular music in the United States. It is a non-profit archive, music library and research center located in New York City.

Check out Brazilian Music Day's YouTube Channel.