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Brazilian music genre

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The Portuguese term for it is "Música popular brasileira". The widely recognized Brazilian acronym is "MPB".
"Brazilian pop" and "Br-pop" are inventions by Ciro Santilli, which are how Ciro thinks Brazil should market it to the world.
Unfortunatey "B-pop" is too ambiguous with British pop music, and should be avoided.
It is such a huge shame that you have to understand Portuguese to appreciate those songs... this is yet another great evil outcome of having more than one natural language is bad for the world.
The good songs stopped before of just after Ciro Santilli was born, they were originally heard by his parent's generation. Those young new kids are boring.
The place to start is definitely the Holy Trinity of popular Brazilian music:
Non trinity songs and artists:
Honorable mentions:
In Ciro Santilli's view, the following three artists form a Holy Trinity of popular Brazilian music:
Elis Regina is not far though.
Ciro remembers quite clearly when he was riding the car with his parents when he pre teen, and he could not understand why they seemed so obsessed with The Trinity et al. Ciro in particular remembers listening to Video 58. "Refazenda by Gilberto Gil (1975)". They had picked it up of course from the 70's and 80's when they were younger.
Young Ciro would also always confuse who was whom from the three of them.
Then Ciro got older, and he understood, they are mind blowing. You do have to look back in time a bit though, lots of lukewarm stuff on later periods. The military dictatorship in Brazil was good for music.
Caetano Veloso
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Within the The Holy Trinity of popular Brazilian music, Caetano has the most New Age religious feel to him. He is also perhaps the most varied of the trinity however, also covering heavier topics at times.
Chico Buarque
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Within the The Holy Trinity of popular Brazilian music, Chico tends to approach the more down to Earth and heavy topics.
Gilberto Gil
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Gilberto is definitely the most psychedelic one of the The Holy Trinity of popular Brazilian music, though he also has a boyish quality to his soul.
Good selection: Acústico MTV - Gilberto Gil (1994).
Elis Regina
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Mostly interpreter of songs written by others. But she's just too amazing, many of her interpretations are better than the original.
God, even Ciro Santilli is slightly shocked by her death, which happened before he was born, can you imagine it at the time? She was MPB's golden girl...
Video 61. Atrás da Porta performed by Elis Regina. Source. Composed by Francis Hime and Chico Buarque.
Video 62. Águas de março performed by Elis Regina. Source. From the 1972 eponymous album. Composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim.

Capoeira music

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Capoeira music is amazing. And some Brazilian pop adaptations of it have also been awesome.
Video 63. Parabolicamará. Source. By Gilberto Gil. Title track of the 1991 album.
Video 64. Triste Bahia by Caetano Veloso. Source.
Video 65. Na Roda de Capoeira by Nara Leão. Source. From the 1964 album "Opinião De Nara"
This incredibly foul mouthed band was incredibly funny.
Ciro Santilli was a bit young to understand the songs at the time, but the older boys were singing them, and he sang along. So maybe there is a nostalgia factor in play.
But it can't be just that. They are just too funny and brutal, even when Ciro re-listens to it as of 2020.
Many Brazilian religious cranks in were really happy when their plane crashed and killed all of them in 1996.
Official YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCPmfP5LNbxYwlN0k6C3F_6w
Best songs:
  • Pelados Em Santos (1995). Not too amazing, they only try to be funny by making fun of the North-Eastern accent of Brazil, which is considered somewhat funny in São Paulo, and they fail at being funny.
    But it talks about Santos, São Paulo, Brazil, Ciro's idolized city, so let's hear it. They didn't live in Santos apparently, but being from São Paulo City, they would have been familiar with that popular local beach location.

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