On May 13th 1888, Brazil became the last nation in the Americas to formally abolish slavery. Over 130 years later, hundreds of thousands of people are still living in modern slavery across the country. Itamar Vieira Júnior is... Read Article
Over the past 20 years Renata Rosa has been refining her craft. Born in São Paulo, but to parents from the north-east, her search for identity has slowly seen her become firmly ensconced in the rich music and... Read Article
His friends used to say, “His accordion speaks for him”. However, the most notable contribution to the genre of forró marked by the arrival of Reginaldo Alves Ferreira, better known as ‘ Camarão’, was a horn section. Originating... Read Article
The last DJ Incidental mix we featured (A Laussa Qué Dinheiro Mixtape) was a high-tempo, bass heavy affair, perfect for Saturday nights and getting the bloodflow going. On Tambor E Flor we hear a different side of DJ... Read Article
In the second part of Sounding Out the Swamp: Recife, Pernambuco, and The Cultural Rise of Northeastern Brazil (read part one here) Gregory Scruggs looks at how manguebit affected the musical landscape of Northeastern Brazil, starting with the... Read Article
Part one of a two-part series by Gregory Scruggs exploring the emergence of Pernambuco as one of the musical epicentres of Brazil. The first part looks at the history of Pernambuco and the beginnings of a musical revolution in the state, brought on by Chico Science and the Manguebit movement.