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Festival Vale Do Cafe

Brazilian Harpist Cristina Braga Explores Samba, Jazz and Love

Chris McGowan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Chris McGowan

The first recordings of samba occurred nearly one hundred years ago and of bossa nova more than fifty years ago. Neither genre has ever been associated with the harp, but lately the venerable stringed instrument has expanded its presence in Brazilian popular music thanks to Cristina Braga.

Brazil's Coffee Valley Music Festival Draws Crowds To Historic Region

Chris McGowan | Posted 10.10.2011 | Travel
Chris McGowan

That concert was noteworthy in that it took place in a giant open-air barn for dairy cows.

Brazil's Hidden Magical Music Festival

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Chris McGowan

One of the best music festivals in Brazil, or the world for that matter, is one that few people know about. The Festival Vale do Café (the Coffee Val...