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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2007-07-23
Los Angeles CityBeat:
Ave Mutantes!
’60s Brazilian psych legend Os Mutantes does an El Rey flashback

The Daily Californian:
Os Mutantes Avoid Nostalgia for Energetic Stern Grove Performance
Os Mutantes took the stage as if they were hometown heroes, the crowd wildly applauding for the Brazilian legends.

IHT:
Return of the Mutantes - A Brazilian band's evolution
São Paulo: Os Mutantes are to this metropolis, South America's largest, what the Grateful Dead were to San Francisco, the Velvet Underground to New York or Nirvana to Seattle. Simply put, they are an emblematic band indelibly associated with a particular place, time and pop style.

China Daily:
From Rio into Shanghai
Choro Chic China established itself as a band in Shanghai last year and is the only Choro band in China. It consists of three young Brazilian musicians-multi-instrumentalist Raquele Magalhaes on flute and piccolo, passionate drummer Leonardo Susi and Juba Ferreiro on guitar and Cavaquinho.

Japan Times:
Ohta-san "Ukulele Bossa Nova"
The man who helped make the ukulele more than a Hawaiian curiosity continues to show listeners what the four-stringed instrument can do on his latest album. Here, Ohta-san — the stage name of 72-year-old, Honolulu-born Herb Ohta — covers Antonio Carlos Jobim songs, in tribute to the late Brazilian bossa nova master who would have turned 80 this year.

Vail Daily:
Belgium becomes unlikely bossa nova hub
Ah, the sweet sway of bossa nova. The coolest of rhythms, born in cafes of southside Rio, inspired by the golden sands of Ipanema. Now, though, it reaches the world from the drizzly back streets of Brussels.