Same Old Song

Same Old Song

By Peter Ludwig There’s no accounting for why we each repeat the same pointless ritual every day, despite failure after failure.  Every day we spin and spin through the radio dial trying to find original and interesting music.  Click…heard it,...
Divine Instruments and the Magic of Music

Divine Instruments and the Magic of Music

By Lindenberg Junior As the Middle Ages wise men used to say, to play an instrument whether you have musical skills or not, or just to participate in a musical ritual regardless of the instrument you play, enhances your chances of establishing a connection with your...
Cultural Beat

Cultural Beat

By Claudia Lyra During the time of carnaval, everyone talks about samba and axé music, but in this article we’ll remember some other long forgotten or, at least, not very well exposed rhythms that show a colorful Brazil. They are Maracatu, Côco, Bumba Meu Boi,...
Uncle Sam-Ba!

Uncle Sam-Ba!

By Julia Melim Brazil is becoming more popular each year due to our economic growth, which is now among the 6th strongest economies in the world, surpassing even England. President Obama makes sure to include Brazil in his addresses to the nation regarding foreign...
Pífanos of Brazil

Pífanos of Brazil

By Rebecca Kleinmann The Pífano, pifaro or pife is a wind instrument of the Northeast region of Brazil. Usually made of bamboo or “taquara” wood, the pífano has seven holes: one for the embouchure, and six finger holes. Flutes of this basic design are some of the...
Live and Dance!

Live and Dance!

By Sonia Imenes | Collaboration by Sandra Domingos Translation by Una C. Proença Dancing is nutrition for the soul, it relaxes the spirit. It brings out the joyful truth of recognizing and expressing the needs of the soul in a simple and direct manner. Men, women,...
Showing the Roots of Brazilian Dance

Showing the Roots of Brazilian Dance

By Lindenberg Junior Her love and respect for dance and performing arts since when she was a little kid in Brazil have been integrated with her passion to promote the Brazilian culture roots through the dance in U.S, and after several years performing with different...
The Beauty of Dance

The Beauty of Dance

Dance is a form of art that expresses many things It can express life, emotion, and even Saturn’s many rings Dancing causes people to be focused and free Blowing away all their troubles And leaving them only with that feeling of peace and pure glee When I dance,...
The Samba and the Gringo "da Mudança"

The Samba and the Gringo "da Mudança"

It’s a pleasure to check how some “Gringos” have incorporated the Brazilian Culture in their life in some way. It is the case of Alex Lexa. This guy, originally from Germany, half German and half Arabic, has lived in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Iraq...
Brazilian Hour Radio Show

Brazilian Hour Radio Show

The Brazilian Consulate General of Los Angeles has announced the launch of the new website & Streaming App for the Brazilian Hour, one of the longest running International Radio Shows heard on NPR stations across the U.S. The new website was launch last September...
From John Travolta to Madonna

From John Travolta to Madonna

  Alexandre is here in front of me talking passionately about what he loves to do in life. We met at a Panera Bread Café in Studio City and talked about his experiences from being a dancer at Carlota Portela’s Dance Company in Rio to choreographing for Madonna....
It all started in Rio

It all started in Rio

  We thought it was going to be just a simple vacation – and that would have been enough. We thought, 10 days away from the kids, in an exciting city far away, the city of the music we love so much…. It was Tuesday, our second night in Rio, and we are...
The Good Vibes of Drumming Circles

The Good Vibes of Drumming Circles

  Drumming circles, which are springing up in several locations nationwide, is not a drum class. It ‘s group making music activities that unite people regardless of their backgrounds, ethnicity, age, ability or prior experience. Transcends the drum and...
Syncronizing Life

Syncronizing Life

  A Conversation With Steven Halpern Yesterday I was sitting outside looking at the leaves of the trees changing color when a friend called me. He was crying because his father was going to die at any moment. I wanted to tell him about the peace I was feeling...
African Diaspora in The Americas

African Diaspora in The Americas

  The Authentic Rumba For over three century, tanguillo, gaditanos, minuets, jotas, rigadoons, etc, mixed with the various religious and secular African dances, gave rise to rhythms that constitute the essence of popular Cuban music. Like jazz, the blues and part...
Dancing is My Life

Dancing is My Life

  There is a fluidity that courses through the veins when you dance, but it is fire that courses through the veins of one who was born to dance. That fire can be seen in the passion that comes through Rayra Germano, when she is performing Flamenco. Her name...
The Electrorganic Sound

The Electrorganic Sound

  Honestly, I don’t know the difference between bass’n’drum, acid house, pop/ lounge, and chill. What’s important to me is if the sound gives me goose bumps, intrigues me, makes me think, dance – in other words, if it pinches me. The “pernambucanos” Lenine...
Touched By love

Touched By love

By Kátia Moraes / English Edition by Cecillia Schlesinger Praful was born in Dusseldorf, Germany and is a very inquisitive musican. His trips to countries like Índia and Brazil changed the way he looks at the world, at people and shaped the way he expresses his art...