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Brasiliero, a wonderfully diverse introduction to Brazilian music, is a sophisticated blend of folk-pop and cool jazz, as embraced by artists both well and little known, in the most popular styles: samba, bossa nova, and MBP (musica popular Brasileiro). As with Cuban music, the greatest influence on Brazilian music came from African slaves who were imported to farm sugar, tobacco, and cotton plantations. With that influence comes a complex rhythmic structure and a prevailing sense of melancholy. Bearing this out, "Daca de Solidao" ("Dance of Solitude") is deliciously thick as performed by the dusky-voiced Beth Carvalho. Chico Cesar's "Mama Africa" is a perfect sociopolitical pop hit, blending hard-hitting lyrics with bouncy percussion and Jamaican reggae. Other standouts include Jorge Ben's wiggly feel-good romp "O Namorado da Viuva" ("The Widow's Boyfriend") and Joao Bosco's dancing guitar on "Vatapa," which pays homage to the traditional dish of the same name. --Paige La Grone

1. Take Sarava - Silvia Torres
2. Despedida - CELSO MACHADO
3. Clarao De Lua - Nazare Pereira
4. Vatapa - Joao Bosco
5. Aguas De Marco - Rosa Passos
6. O Namorado Da Viuva - Jorge Ben
7. Canto Das Tres Racas - Clara Nunes
8. Mama Africa - Chico Cesar
9. Essas Emocoes! - Zeca Baleiro
10. Visgo De Jaca - Martinho Da Vila
11. Danca De Solidao - Beth Carvalho
12. Cantando No Toro - Chico Buarque
13. Berekere - Geraldo Azevedo

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 25, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B00000IWNN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge fun of Putumayo's music collections, as well of their idea of expanding world music knowledge, and in some occasions donating some of their profits to strongly needed causes. Still I'll try to be as objective as possible:
While 'Brasileiro' might not include most of the best music artists from Brazil, it is so far one of the best "various artists" albums that you can find about Brazilian music. Believe me, they are not easy to find. I am not Brazilian, but I know their culture very well, and besides the well-known Passos, Da Vila, Nunes, Bosco, Carvalho, and Torres, I was very pleased to discover other talents such as Jorge Ben (o namorado da viuva), Nazare Pereira (clarao de lua), or Chico Cesar (mama Africa).
If you are looking for fast-dancing samba, or go-crazy party music, this CD is NOT for you. The music in this CD is kind of easy-listening, relaxing, surprising, romantic, and if you've ever been to Brazil, it is tremendously nostalgic. Very pleasant while reading a book, playing with your date, or just chatting with some friends.
Other Putumayo's great titles I recommend are 'Cuba' (my favorite), 'Afro-Latino', 'Athens to Andalucia', and especially if you like this one, 'Cape Verde'.
-A spaniard, and a world music fan
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on October 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"Brasileiro" is an anthology CD of 13 different songs by 13 different performers from the world of Brazilian music. This is an excellent blend of the mellow and the playful. Each track is a wonderful blend of instrumental music and vocal performance.
There is a good mix of male and female vocalists. The generous liner notes discuss each artist and his/her work in the context of Brazilian music. Some of the standout performances on the disc are the following: Silvia Torres' sweet, seductive "Take Sarava"; Celso Machado's magical-sounding "Despedida"; Jorge Ben's sweet, gentle vocals on "O Namorado da viuva"; Chico Cesar's "Mama Africa," with its reggae-like sound; and Chico Buarque's fun, upbeat "Cantando No Toro." But my favorite song on the disc is probably Clara Nunes' "Canto Das Tres Racas," which features a majestic, elegant vocal performance.
I have to admit: I don't have much knowledge of Brazilian music, and I can't speak Portuguese. But I will say that this is a fine CD, full of passion and artistic skill, and I think that it has the potential to appeal to a broad audience.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Quevedo on April 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have a little more than a year learning portuguese and I love the brazilian culture: the food, the folklore and the music. Brasileiro is a good CD for those who wants to introduce theirselves to the exotic and sensual rythm of the samba, the MPB, the forró and the bossa nova. "Take Saravá" is a nice song and you need to hear "Clarao de Lua" or the slaves's song of "Canto das tres racas" for understand the passion and the culture of the brazilian people. Beth Carvalho and her sexy voice are wonderful in "Danca de Solidao" and "Berekeré", that is include in the soundtrack of the movie "Woman on Top" has a cadence without equal. You will learn that Bahia is the "land of hapiness" and the inspiration of a lot of composers, musicians and famous writers, it's the land of the magic and creation...
After listen this disc you will understand the meaning of "saudade" that is a mixture of loneliness, sorrow and nostalgia. The guide included in this Putumayo CD is very educative and take your hand for conduce you inside the brazilian sounds. Enjoy it. Vc vai gostar demais. Beijao.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DTC# on August 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is another very fine release from Putumayo. This is a collection of 13 recent compositions by modern Brazilian artists. I already had some familiarity with a few of the artists featured on this CD (Jorge Ben, Chico Caesar, Chico Buarque). However, most of the artists are new to me and I am very pleased to discover them! The liner notes state that, back home in Brazil, some of the artists are million sellers and others are relatively unknown. I find such a mixture very refreshing.
The songs reflect a range of styles and textures from different regions of the country. I immediately liked 9 of the 13 compositions on the very first listening. There are two very interesting covers: Rosa Passos does Jobim's classic "Aguas de Marcao" and Beth Carvalho does Paulinho da Viola's "Danca de Solidao" (in my opinion, these two alone would be worth the price of the CD). I think the rest of the compositions are oiginals. The original compositions range from regional folk styles (Despedidia, Berekere) to bossa/jazz (Visgo de Jaca) to reggae/funk (Mama Africa) to samba (Canto des Tres Racas) to pop (Take Sarava).
It's hard to describe the arrangements because the styles are so varied. I can say this: no schmaltzy strings or annoying pop synthesizer cliches. It sounds like Brazil to me -- not Hollywood.
[...] 3 sound clips are available. IMO none of these three are the best on the CD, but they may give you some sense of what the CD is like.
Overall, it is not as "edgy" as Luakabop's "Beleza Tropical" collections (although I love those collections, too!). To my ear, this Putamayo collection is less techno/pop and more "down home."
Lastly, the CD packaging is wonderful. It includes a 23-page booklet that tells you a little about the musical history of Brazil and a little bit about each of the artists on the CD.
I give this CD a very high recommendation. Anyone who wants to sample a little bit of the real flavor and flair of modern Brazil will surely enjoy it.
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