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Music of Brazil from Smithsonian Folkways

This playlist features styles from Brazil’s five regions, including a hit bossa nova song from an award winning film, Brazilian protest music, numerous sambas, field recordings from Amazonia, and workers singing while digging for gemstones. "Brincando na Roda" exemplifies music for Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art developed by enslaved peoples in the Northeast; listen for the call and response of the Capoeira circle (roda) and the Berimbau, a single-stringed percussion instrument that drives the tempo of the Capoeira game. From folk roots to internationally renowned styles, this playlist samples the sounds, rhythms, and tempos of South America’s largest country.