Latin Roots

Alo Brasil's Alex Shaw On The Urbanization Of Samba

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  • Teresa Cristina, "Tudo Se Transformou" (Duetos)
  • Fundo De Quintal, "Eu Nao Quero Mais" (Ao Vivo Convida)
  • G.R.E.S. União Da Ilha Do Governador, "O Mistério Da Vida" (Sambas De Enredo 2011)

Based in Philadelphia, Alo Brasil synthesizes various types of samba, with the hopes of making it a style accessible to American audiences. Alex Shaw, director of Alo Brasil, recently appeared on World Cafe to discuss the exploration of samba as it became an urbanized form.

Here, Shaw takes us through the evolution of samba since the earliest version represented by Samba Chula de Sao Braz. Hear a few of Shaw's picks, including a carnival performance in Rio from 2011.

World Cafe Playlist for July 16, 2013

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