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Brazilian Music


The most famous Brazilian music, mostly of percussion and ukelete guitars. V ery hard to stay still to. Ask someone to teach you the dance moves, as they seem hard, but are even harder when you try it. Can be heard at any of the samba club rehearsals. Goes great with beer or more hyper stuff.

CDs and Bands to look for:
Sambas De Enredo Carnaval
De 2007
Casa De Samba (Coletânea)
Where to hear it live:
Salgueiro Tue and Sat
Mangueira Wed and Sat
Lapa (various spots) 

For samba drumming lessons:
Centro Cultural Casa Rosa
contact: Rodrigo
8877-8804 or 2557-2562
Rua Alice 550, Laranjeiras


An improvised samba, made by beating anything that can be found at a bar table: spoon to a bottle as the cymbal, a chair as the drum, matchbox as the shaker etc. Dirty lyrics. Usually women start to dance along to it. Great for afternoons and barbecues.

CDs and Bands to look for:
Jorge Aragão
Zeca Pagodinho
Fundo De Quintal
Beth Carvalho

Where to hear it live:

Beco do Rato
Bip Bip
Rua do Mercado


A more vocal and slower version of samba, with fewer beats, making it more melancholic. It emerged in the 19th Century and remains to this day. Not for daily consumption, as its pace can mellow out the excitable.

CDs and Bands to look for:
Jacob Do Bandolin
Joel Nascimento

Where to hear it live:

Praia Vermelha on Mon,Wed,Fri
Centro Cultural Carioca


Nothing like American funk, but basically a retard on an electronic piano playing “music” after only one lesson. Mix that with dirty lyrics and what do you get? The biggest music craze in Brazil since the Lambada. Girls love dancing to it, guys love singing the naughty lyrics, parents hate it, in other words, just the way teenage music should be.
Some of the most famous are “I’ll throw you on the bed and give lots of pressure” and “the horsy and the donkey took my mare for a walk, clopty clop, clopty clop, clopty clop”. Regardless of whether the music makes your ears bleed, the women that listen to this are 90% poposudas, meaning, worth the sacrifice.
CDs and Bands to look for:
Mr Catra
Dj Marlboro
Cindinho E Doca
Where to hear it live: 

Via Show
Parties in Favelas
Some spots in Lapa

Brazilian Pop (MPB)

Caetano, Gil, Marisa Monte, Djavan and Jorge Benjor, amongst many others, used to play in the 60s and 70s a smooth and an upbeat Brazilian version of pop. Unfortunately, most of them offer poetic lyrics that don’t mean anything when translated, aking its enjoyment hard. But the instrumentals, melodies and voices are vary pleasant to the ear. Get a Jorge Benjor for your car, Djavan for your sofa, Gil for your garden and Marisa Monte for your bed. If you make a Brazilian friend  who is willing to translate, get Chico Buarque, and get ready for a major head-rush.
CDs and Bands to look for:
Gilberto Gil
Jorge Benjor
Caetano V eloso

Where to hear it live:

Copacabana beach on Sundays
Fundição Progresso
Casa Rosa

Bossa Nova

Bossa Nova is the grandfather of lounge music, that tranquil sound you hear when you think of casinos in the 50’s, Frank Sinatra and ocean views. Tom Jobim (Antonio Carlos Jobim), is the Picasso of this music genre and, many believe, did more to put Brazil on the international music scene than any other individual. Today it is still enjoyed by mature listeners, and everyone else in the boudoir scene. Ideal for before and after sex music.
CDs and Bands to look for:
Tom Jobim
Vinicius de Morais
João Gilberto
Where to hear it live:


Mistura Fina
Esch Cafe
Vinicius Piano Bar
Modern Sound


Forró music is a slowed-down version of a barn dance: very country. It was so out of style that it came back and is popular again. Basically, you grab a girl (a great reason to grab women) and dance like everyone else in the room: real close rotating clockwise. Two steps out, two steps in, then the other foot. Repeat all night.
CDs and Bands to look for:
Luis Gonzaga
Jackson Do Pandeiro

Where to hear it live:
Severyna on Mondays
Rio Scenarium
Feira de São Cristovão


If rock lyrics vaguely make sense in English, then in Portuguese they are just as impenetrable. And given the music industry’s woes, talented new artists have not emerged in a while. What the boys and girls have been doing is reviving the bands from the 70’s, like the Mutantes, Raul Seixas (Brazil’s answer to Bob Dylan, but on even more drugs), Secos e Molhados and others, all of which still have a very fresh sound. (Rumor has it that Kurt Cobain gave a CD of the Mutantes to Beck back in 94 and told him to analyze their style.)
CDs and Bands to look for:
Rita Lee
Casia Eller
Cidade Negra
Where to hear it live:
Circo V oador
Fundição Progresso


Drum&Bass is finally picking up, and Brazil already has 2 internationallyrecognized heroes: DJ Marky and DJ Patife. Both do random gigs at Bunker, so check the flyers. Chico Science also did a lot as far as helping Brazil define its unique  electronic sound while influencing international artists.

CDs and Bands to look for:
Clara Morena
Dj. Patife
Bossa Cuca Nova
Where to hear it live:
Rave Parties
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