Brazilian Culture

“Listen” carefully to what each region has to tell you because from each corner of Brazil there are new musical discoveries.


Samba is perhaps the most famous Brazilian musical style, it is recognized worldwide as a symbol of Brazil along with the carnival!

The international success began with the samba music Aquarela do Brazil by Ary Barroso, grew up with Carmen Miranda, and crossed bossa nova, which definitely took Brazil to the global music scene.

Traditionally, the samba is played by strings, like the ukulele and the guitar as well as with several percussion instruments such as the tambourine and the deaf.

Música Afro

If there is a state in Brazil that exudes music, it is Bahia. In Bahia, there are several rhythms like reggae, samba, axé, and the African samba among others.

Since the beginning, the goal of these cultural events was to develop a black consciousness, encouraging social projects.


The Maracatu comes from the same source as Samba, from the musical tradition of the Bantu population in Central Africa. In the traditional Maracatu, four rhythms are made with small: the hammer, the Luanda, and the Baque Stopped. In traditional songs, the content is often about religion, history, and the importance groups.

The implements are the signature of this rhythm and together with other instruments, such as war chest and the snare drum, the mining and the gongue art is made!


The Pagode was created in samba circles made ​​in the “backyards ” of Rio de Janeiro suburb; Pagode’s lyrics are related to the joys and the sorrows of those who lived there.

The musical style gained notoriety in Brazil when Beth Carvalho fell in love with the rhythm and recorded several songs.


Born in the northeastern of Brazil, the forró is associated with several other rhythms like the ballad, xaxado, and the gang. The music beat is made with instruments like the triangle, the accordion, and the bass drum.


Another striking genre of the Brazilian popular music is the MPB! Since the beginning, the MPB was marked by themes of national culture, with the influence from different rhythms such as rock, soul, samba, pop, reggae, resulting in styles such as samba-rock, samba-reggae, among others.

Big Stars

We cannot speak of Brazilian music without citing some artists who spread out the music and our national culture…

Luiz Gonzaga, the “King of Baião” was accordionist, singer-songwriter, and largely responsible for the valuation of the northeastern rhythms as the ballad, the xote, and the xaxado. His song “Asa Branca” became anthem in northeastern Brazil!

Our tip: watch the movie “Luiz Gonzaga, Father to Son” and learn about the life and music of this national icon.

The Pernambuco-born, Antonio Nobrega, is an artist since childhood! He revealed to be a phenomenon when he joined the popular part with the sophistication of his classical training. He is famous for his ability to play various instruments, be able to sing, dance, play drums, fiddle, guitar, etc.


Want to know more? Be sure to watch the movie the “Brincante” and light up the magic of Brazilian popular art!
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