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Before You Head Over To Brazil: 2014 World Cup, Samba and Sergio!

Marlon Regis | Posted 06.11.2014 | Travel
Marlon Regis

Over 200,000 people from the United States alone, will be traveling to Brazil this summer for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, while another quarter-million...

After One Too Many Fouls, the World Cup Deserves a Red Card

Azlan Ibrahim | Posted 06.10.2014 | Sports
Azlan Ibrahim

Just a few days away from the largest sporting festival in the world, the stories coming out of Brazil are not so festive. The handwringing reflects less on Brazil, but on whether the world even needs a World Cup anymore.

LOOK: Samba Parades Sparkle At Rio Carnival

AP | Posted 03.03.2014 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Carnival revelers are packing streets across Brazil for raucous open-air parties that begin at daybreak and pulse through the ...

Luciana Souza: A Bossa Nova Baby Makes Her Mark in the Jazz Realm

Chris McGowan | Posted 03.06.2014 | Arts
Chris McGowan

She's a vocalist who once said "each phrase for me has a certain gestalt" and she invites you to savor both the notes and the spaces between them. Souza is spectacular in a João Gilberto kind of way -- you have to listen attentively to fully appreciate all the nuances.

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.

Top 10 Local Dances Around the World

Cheapflights | Posted 07.08.2013 | Travel
Cheapflights

Between wedding season and the abundance of summer festivals currently happening, people all over the globe are putting on their dancing shoes and busting out moves. Here are our favorite dance traditions around the world with our list of top 10 local dances.

An Atypical Brazilian Pop Star Listens to Her Inner Voice for New Album

Marty Lipp | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Marty Lipp

In the high-energy world of Brazilian popular music, Marisa Monte has always stood apart -- a pensive pop star more interested in making beauty than shaking booty.

Huge New Meteorite Found By Researchers In Antarctica

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.01.2013 | Science

An unusually large meteorite has been discovered by an international team of researchers in Antarctica. The team, searching an area known as the Na...

Big-Band Samba Conjures Up the Brazil of Dreams

Marty Lipp | Posted 04.23.2013 | Arts
Marty Lipp

There have been a few jazz-leaning samba big bands, but since 2002, Orquestra Imperial has sambaed down the fine line between reverence and hipster irony without overstepping into parody.

WATCH: William Levy Shakes 'The Junk In His Trunk' On 'Dancing With The Stars'

The Huffington Post | Lee Hernandez | Posted 05.15.2012 | Latino Voices

William Levy has been bringing the heat to ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" all season long, but his performance on last night's episode was on a whole ...

Blame It on the Bossa Nova: Jazz Samba's 50th Birthday

Chris McGowan | Posted 06.17.2012 | Arts
Chris McGowan

2012-04-17-StanGetzJoeCharlie111111.jpg Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd's album Jazz Samba, which launched the bossa nova craze in the United States, celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.

The Independent Traveler's Guide To Carnival

Off Track Planet | Posted 04.04.2012 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Arguably the greatest party on the planet, Rio's Carnaval falls right at the top of every partier's puke bucket list. Here's how to do it right.

A Getaway Weekend In Rio de Janeiro

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 02.18.2012 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

Rio is rich with more than shopping, eating and people-watching. There is a thriving arts, cultural and nightlife experience in all sectors of the city.

Where the 'Rio' Inspired Can Go for More Brazilian Music

Marty Lipp | Posted 12.14.2011 | Arts
Marty Lipp

Turns out that Rio has sparked interest in Brazilian music and Rio's carnival. But where are the Rio-curious to go?

An Unusual Rio de Janeiro: From Favela Babies to Portinari

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Karin Badt

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Carnaval in Rio: How to Have Fun and Not Get Mugged

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris McGowan

Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is bigger and better than ever in 2010, with the street celebrations having surged in popularity over the last ten years an...

PLAN ForYourArt: January 6-12

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

There has never been more worldwide attention on the creative culture of Los Angeles.

A Snowy Night With Warm Music From Brazil

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

2010-12-29-jazz.jpgSo much of Brazilian music contains elements of jazz that it could be the poster child for Jazz-World fusion.

Jet to Vegas for a Retro Weekend of Hip History

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Lisa Derrick

Next weekend, October 22 to 24th Las Vegas revives, revitalizes and celebrates the style pioneered in desert resort's glory days when glamour ruled ...

Rio's Carnaval: A Long-Awaited Victory, Record Heat, and a Revived Street Scene

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris McGowan

Imagine the water, soft drinks, and beer consumed by 2.5 million people in the streets partying during a record heat wave with stifling humidity, and then think of the pressing need for rest rooms.

Rio's 2010 Carnaval Kicks Off Amidst Heat, Optimism & Controversy

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris McGowan

Amidst all the craziness and frivolity, Carnaval serves the important purpose for Brazilians of maintaining the cultural traditions encoded in the music, dance, and costumes across the country.

Julia Lira, Child Carnival Queen, Cries During First Samba Parade In Rio

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) RIO DE JANEIRO - She was cheered by legions of Carnival fans, but 7-year-old Julia Lira, the youngest drum corps queen in memory at Rio's lavish ...

Afro-Brazilian History, Beats and Culture

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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Lauri Lyons

While Africa and America are often recognized as the book ends of the African Diaspora, there is an additional link in the Middle Passage that is less publicized, but no less important.

Global Beat Fusion: From Africa to Brazil, By Way of Colombia

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

For Brazilian musicians, music is not only an "escape", it is a social and artistic balm that glues people together.

Blame It on the Bossa Nova: 50 Years of Sublime Music

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chris McGowan

Bossa Nova has been celebrating its fiftieth birthday in grand style this year, with commemorations having taken place in Brazil, the U.S. and other countries.