Is Michel Teló a good thing for Brazilian music?

Back in my little Brazilian ghetto in London, whenever we played Brazilian music at parties, everyone loved it. It didn’t really matter if it was funk, country, rock or samba. Everyone would sing along and even dance – because doing so gave us a sense of belonging, it brought us back home for a few moments.

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Stuck: Marie Mackay, Kiki Machado and Julia Miranda

London-based Brazilian artists Julia Miranda and Kiki Machado are joined by Marie Mackay for an exhibition showcasing their contrasting approaches to collage. Kiki’s compositions are harmonious, fresh and decorative; Julia is interested in juxtaposing beauty with humour; and Marie explores

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The Beach Hut Surf Shack New Years Eve Party

The Bikini Beach Band will be turning Camino into The Beach Hut Surf Shack on New Year’s Eve. There will be two tropical sets of instrumental Exotica from the Fezzed Four – The Bikini Beach Band – and DJ sets

The Original Sound of Cumbia

The sound of Colombia’s Caribbean coastline, cumbia is one of Latin America’s most outstanding popular music forms. This influential genre had a major impact on overseas salsa, as well as certain styles of Mexican music, and inspired large audiences in

Things to see & do in São Paulo – December/January

Normally, life in São Paulo – just like in many other huge cities – is one hell of a rat race. The traffic jams, the heat, the rain, the overcrowding. Add to that the present festive season mayhem. You want

Interview with José Padilha

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within elevated José Padilha to a major player in Latin American cinema, and became the biggest-selling Brazilian film of all time. Now, it’s being released in the UK on DVD and we decided the time was right to talk to Padilha about the controversy of the first Elite Squad and the success of it’s sequel.

The Hippie-Chic Village of Trancoso

Trancoso is a small Bahian town, founded in 1586 with just two rows of houses, a lawn and a church. Now, it’s been renovated into hotels, bars and restaurants, creating a charming travel destination.

Being a veggie in Sampa

The vast majority of Brazilians are carnivores. Fact. Most of us love a barbecue and not a day would go by without us having some sort of meat on our plates. As a child, I remember being extremely disappointed when

My first São Silvestre race

For most paulistanos, the São Silvestre race is synonymous with the New Year festivities. I attended as a spectator for many years, shouting support at the runners or watching the elite athletes on TV. The São Silvestre is the most

Golden Grass sparkles in London

It was on a visit to Brazil that Simone Pedrini fell in love with Golden Grass. Walking on a beach in Southern Brazil, Simone saw beautiful earrings, necklaces, rings and bags all made from a material like golden wire. “I fell in love with their beauty,” says Simone.