Sergio Dias of Os Mutantes.
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July 13, 2013 The front man for the legendary Brazilian band stops by to discuss Os Mutantes and the protests that are rocking the South American giant.
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Bebel Gilberto is one of many new artists re-interpreting the songs of Tropicalia on Red Hot Rio 2.
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June 9, 2011 In the '60s, the Brazilian music scene exploded with a brand new movement called tropicalia. Later this month the Red Hot Organization will release Red Hot + Rio 2, a collection of those songs re-envisioned. Red Hot producer Beco Dranoff joins us for a primer on the genre.
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April 7, 2011 Get ready to break into a sweat: this week's songs were picked by one of Latin Alternative's brightest rising stars, Rita Indiana. The prolific Dominican writer, artist and musician takes a breather from her busy schedule to share some of her favorite songs and talk about her own music.
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The title of Caetano Veloso's new album, Zii E Zie, is Italian for "uncles and aunts."
April 23, 2010 Veloso is consistently one of the most literate and beguiling forces in music. To see him in person is to see a sinuous, warm and joyous show in which his vocals are backed by a young and edgy band. His new album is titled Zii E Zie.
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December 27, 2007 Banning Eyre, senior editor of Afropop.org, shines the spotlight on Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean with his picks for the year's best albums. Among his selections: Watina, an effort by singer Andy Palacio to preserve the culture of the Garifuna people of Central America.
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June 22, 2005 Best rock music books ever: All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with NPR reviewers Tom Moon, Meredith Ochs and Will Hermes about their picks for the best music books to take to the beach this Summer. A complete list of recommended reading is listed below.
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June 28, 2004 Legendary Brazilian songwriter and musician Caetano Veloso, often called the "Bob Dylan of Brazil," is joined on the Zankel Hall stage by Talking Heads co-founder David Byrne. Veloso's version of Nirvana's "Come As You Are" is a high point.
April 6, 2004 Former Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn; Foreign sounds from Caetano Veloso; The true love of Toots and the Maytals; San Francisco poet and musician Azeem; The angular swamp funk of Eszter Balint; A quirky new EP from The Decemberists. Featured Artist: Loretta Lynn.
December 10, 2002 He is a national icon in Brazil. Along with Gilberto Gil, Veloso created the provocative "Tropicalismo" movement which combined the richness of Brazil's musical past with 1960s rock 'n' roll, surrealism, and dada -– in reaction to the military junta in 1964. Veloso and Gil were jailed and exiled for their efforts. Veloso's memoir Tropical Truth a Story of Music & Revolution in Brazil (first published in 1997) is now translated and published in the United States (Knopf).
December 8, 2002 NPR's Fred Child profiles Brazilian singer, songwriter and legendary political activist Caetano Veloso. His autobiography Tropical Truth has just been released, as has a new 2-CD set, Live in Bahia.
May 14, 2001 Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso is known only to world music fans here, but at home he's part Dylan, part Sondheim, part Borges, part Bowie, and all superstar. His new album, "Noites do Norte," is his first since the Grammy-winning "Livro." The new record examines the cultural legacy of slavery in Brazil. NPR's Rick Karr has a profile. (7:45) Veloso's recent recordings are available in the U.S. on the Nonesuch label.
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