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4.4 out of 5 stars

on January 25, 2014
My family owns more Putumayo CDs than we probably have fingers and toes, and although this is a solid effort there are many I have liked much more. A minor quibble with the title, a few of the artists were either born in Brazil but moved away at a young age or are from countries like Italy or Sweden (all still sing in Portugese). As the very first song's liner notes for Italian singer Nossa Alma Canta state, 5,869 miles is a long way from Rio!

Eclecticism can be a hallmark of many great Putumayo efforts, so I don't really care that much, I was just a little surprised because what I was hoping for more of a classic Brazilian sound. This disc is instead mostly younger singers going in a slight fusion type direction. While not the classic Bossa Nova as I was hoping for, I still enjoyed tracks 1, 3, 4, 8 & 10.

You're going to hear a spattering of electronic elements, piano, and also some reggae and even a little Fado. The best song, track 8 by Juliana Kehl, sounds more like Flamenco to me than anything else.

If you like Brazilian music and are looking for a little bit of a younger take on it, this might be right up your alley. If you don't own a lot of Putumayo discs, I would try "Acoustic Brazil" or the very excellent "WOMEN OF LATIN AMERICA" first. Putumayo sets a very high bar, overall I would give this 3 1/2 stars. Ultimately a matter of taste, but I have not found those killer one or two tracks yet that typically make one hunt down some of the artists other work like I do on most Putumayo discs.
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Putumayo's Brazilian anthologies [the excellent Samba Bossa Nova; Acoustic Brazil; Brazilian Café; and the so-so Brazilian Beat] has a new member of the group, Women of Brazil, which features the younger generation of vocalists based in Brazil, Italy, Canada, and Sweden, the debut albums of several earning awards. Samba and contemporary arrangements dominate the selections. Two of the 11 singers stand out of the pack. Taking them in order, Nossa Alma Canta, who now resides in Venice, Italy, joins other Brazilians in Italy where their music has become popular. Her track includes strings, which create a slight dissonance. Graça Cunha's somewhat husky alto voice backed by a solid samba band with bandolim and surdo bass drum is followed by breathy Clara Moreno and a trombone soloist. From the Northeast to Rio and now Paris, Flavia Coelho introduces a touch of African mbira and beat. Reggae is popular in Brazil and this track fuses diverse influences, including a Parisian accordion. Magda Machado/Maquinha is one of the unusual artists here. From the inner region of Brazil, Goiàs, near Brasilia, she sings a song of Caetano Veloso; her voice is strong, crystal clear, and joyous. A trombone here also is the solo instrument. [See my review of her album Earth & Sky.] While Northeastern forró and folk tunes are among her folio, the track here of Aline Morales is a sad samba from her pen. Luísa Maita is another breathy singer; her arrangements are contemporary and urban, and marries acoustic instruments with electronica. A more traditional sound from bandolim, violão de sete chordas, surdo, and flugelhorn accompanies Julian Kehi's samba. The second star of this album, Mart'nália, the daughter of esteemed samba performers Martinho de Vila and Anália Mendoça, has in her corner Caetano Veloso and Maria Bethânia, producers of her albums. Her unusual soulful track with a jazzy electric bass will be remembered. The Scandinavian connection is Miriam Aïda, who sings a jazz-influenced tune by Jorge Ben. The final track belongs to Miriam Maria, which incorporates fado, Afro-Brazilian beats, brass and mandolin in a neotropicalism style. I like this novel direction. Thus, this pleasing compilation of women singers will introduce the listener to modern samba styles.
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on July 26, 2015
The "Women of Brazil" is an excellent CD. Lots of variety and beautiful voices. It does not disappoint. Close your eyes and listen
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on April 23, 2016
Mello strong voices.
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on April 17, 2015
I love this collection. Beautiful songs.
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on September 21, 2014
Fun music at a great price
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