Brazilian World Music Day 2012 has been announced

By 22 November, 2011

2012 will be the year of Brazilian World Music Day thanks to the guys at ARC in New York. Brazilian World Music Day will happen on September 7th 2012, which also happens to be Brazil’s national day, and will see a number of Brazilian music-related events happening all over the world.

In 2011 the ARC launched the first “World Music Day” celebrating Islamic music and culture (see: Their idea is to focus on a different area of music each year, and have decided to focus on Brazil for the second year.

Brazilian World Music Day will use an online website to present, promote and explore the rich cultural heritage of Brazilian music of the past, present and future. The site will offer videos, histories, seminars, concerts, lectures, sound files, sheet music, album cover art galleries, essays, blogs, photos and links all highlighting the importance and beauty of Brazilian music as well as educate a global audience about it’s many genres and facets. A major part of the site will be the database describing ARC’s Brazilian Music Collection and Brazilian recordings held by all archives and libraries around the world. ARC is already the largest collection of Brazilian music outside of Brazil, with more than 5,000 recordings and their goal is to grow that collection of 78s, LPs and CDs in partnership with a cultural institution in Brazil.

The project director for Brazilian World Music Day is New York based producer Béco Dranoff, known for his work with Bebel Gilberto, The Red Hot Organization (Red Hot + Rio projects) and the documentary Beyond Ipanema: Brazilian Waves in Global Music.

There will be all kinds of events happening around the world on (or around) September 7th 2012, so get ready for an explosion of Brazilian music. Sounds and Colours will also be involved in some way, though nothing has been decided just yet. Keep your eyes peeled.

You can find out more about Brazilian World Music Day at

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