'Forro' Music Sweeps Brazil

The cool sophistication of bossa nova and hot rhythms of Samba have come to characterize the popular conception of Brazilian music. Now a rural style of music called forro — full of simple harmonies and frantic rhythms — is making a big splash in Rio and the United States. Music critic Michelle Mercer offers an introduction with a look at two CDs: Brazil Classics 3 and Brazil: Forro Music for Maids and Taxi Drivers.

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