Brasilian Music Treasure Hunt
-notes from a search for musical treasure from Brazil -a quest for insight and understanding with a tendency to lapse into compulsive shopping

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NY Press:
Brazilian-born Lenine showcases his music in his first U.S. tour
Even before his recording career had taken off proper, he quietly made his own albums back home, and his songs (he has a huge catalogue) had already been recorded by the likes of Milton Nascimento, Ney Matogrosso and Maria Rita, who made a hit out of his “Lavadeira do Rio” (River Laundress) a couple of years ago.

The Independent:
Joyce Silveira Palhano de Jesus
Welcome to the school of 'hard bossa'

Jazz News:
Brazil Music Award For Moacir Santos
Two latest Moacir Santos releases, Ouro Negro and Choros & Alegria, have earned considerable acclaim from such respected media outlets as the New York Times, National Public Radio, DownBeat and JazzTimes magazines. Now Moacir Santos was awarded by prestigious Shell Music Award for 2006 in his homeland of Brazil.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
The latest mutation
Os Mutantes shook up Brazil's music scene, fell apart, then made a comeback.

San Francisco Bay Guardian:
Brazil's avant-rocker Lenine breaks down boundaries
After a miserable World Cup performance, someone has to redeem Brazil's cultural status in the eyes of observers. With a critically acclaimed performance at SXSW under his belt and his self-titled US debut on Six Degrees, Lenine may be just the man for the job.

San Francisco Gate
Os Mutantes Reunited
Almost three decades after the last incarnation of Os Mutantes played its final gig, the seminal Brazilian rock band has reunited for its first tour of the United States

Miami Herald:
Brazilian legends coming to Miami
Os Mutantes: Their '60s albums were central to Brazil's historic Tropicália cultural and political movement.
After 40 years, Brazil's Os Mutantes is on the brink
It took 40 years, but the legendary Brazilian psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes is touring North America for the first time.

Washington Post:
Brazil's Seu Jorge scores with tour, aims album at US
Brazilian songwriter and actor Seu Jorge survived years of homelessness. Now he hobnobs in Hollywood and sells his samba-infused pop globally.

The Herald:
Living on samba and a smile
Wes Anderson reckons Seu Jorge is: "The coolest man on Earth." Not a bad compliment, coming from the leftfield director of oddball arthouse comedies such as the Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore.
Marisa Monte set to release two new albums
On September 12th, Blue Note/Metro Blue Records will simultaneously release two individual albums from the Brazilian superstar Marisa Monte. Universo ao meu redor is a collection of Samba songs both old and new, and Infinito Particular is a contemporary Pop record on which Monte returned to various unrecorded songs from over the course of her 15 years of songwriting.

Seattle Weekly:
Paula Maya
Paula Maya is a Brazilian singer-songwriter living in Seattle, but you won't find her or her band doing covers of "Chove Chuva" or "Desafinado."

Metro West Daily News:
In America: The percussion joy of our ancestors
Forget the drums you imagine, unless you can do really well with off-the- beaten-path stuff. This was a class on how to play the sounds of the Maracatu. I have learned this in word in the last few years only thanks to this festival.