Everything about The Supreme Happiness is “looking back in time”. First of all the ﬁlm starts in post-war, late 40s, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Second of all, it is ﬁlm-maker Arnaldo Jabor’s big come-back after his last movie... Read Article
Recently released in Brazil, Elite Squad 2 (Tropa de Elite 2) has already become the most viewed Brazilian film in the country’s recent history (since the Retomada). With more than 8 million recorded spectators last Wednesday, 3rd September,... Read Article
Sounds and Colours’ Eduardo Pagnoncelli recently reviewed Banda Black Rio’s exciting new album SuperNovaSambaFunk and here interviews William Magalhaes (pictured above, far right), the main man behind the group.
This isn't the first time Sounds and Colours have written about Banda Black Rio, and after listening to their new album, I am sure this won't be the last. Banda Black Rio first experienced success in the 70s but had to stop in the early 80s due to its leader’s, Oberdan Magalhaes, tragic death. However, the importance of Banda Black Rio was never forgotten and Oberdan’s son, musician William Magalhaes put the pieces together, formed a new group and continued the band's legacy.
It’s always difficult to make a “best of all time” list. First, I had to decide which qualities were important when making the final choices of films to appear on the list. I decided to use three main... Read Article
There is a fine line between very-realistic non-fiction films and documentaries. This is definitely the case with Birdwatchers, a film about an indigenous tribe set in the Centre-West of contemporary Brazil, in the state of Mato Grosso.
REVIEW Eliane Elias — Light My Fire
Composer, singer, songwriter and pianist, Eliane Elias is the perfect example of a Brazilian artist that has had a successful career outside Brazil. Based in New York, she has recorded more than 20 albums, containing a mix of... Read Article
REVIEW Brazil: Sambossica 3
DJ Seduce’s Brazil: Sambossica 3 is a great compilation of different Brazilian music genres. Although the album’s name suggests that the mix of genres is restricted to samba, bossa nova and electronic music, there’s a lot more to... Read Article
Italian DJ and producer Nicola Conte is a great enthusiast of Brazilian bossa nova. That becomes clear after listening to Viagem 3 – A Collection of 60’s Brazilian Bossa Nova and Jazz Samba, the third CD in his... Read Article
REVIEW Raf Vilar – Studies in Bossa
The first thing that came to my mind after listening carefully to Raf Vilar’s Studies in Bossa a few times is that the music he produces is not bossa nova nor it is highly influenced by it. It... Read Article
Rio de Janeiro’s carnival may be one of the most famous cultural parties in the world. However, what most people from outside Rio and Brazil may not know is that the true spirit of carnival in Rio de... Read Article
Formed in 1976, Banda Black Rio is one of the most important names of Brazilian music history. Being one of the pioneers of a new music genre that began to fuse samba with soul music, Banda Black Rio... Read Article