Rio de Janeiro has long been the cultural hub of Brazil. For over 400 years immigrants from all corners of this continental country have flocked here bringing their own mouth-watering musical traditions. In the early 20th Century, the African-Brazilian rhythms of Bahia mingled with Mardi Gras ballroom Polka from Europe to produce the swing of Samba and later on the swaying lullaby lilt of bossa nova came from the gentle guitar technique of Salvador guitarist João Gilberto; CD one features classic examples of both these genres. Today Rio grooves to ‘Samba-novo’ and ‘nu-bossa’ as well as the new-tropical sounds of artists who are all collected together on CD two.
- Major label catalogue at budget price – tracks from Universal, Warners & Sony
· ‘Bar Rio’ collects the choicest tracks from Rio’s buzzing beach bars – from the 1960s samba and Bossa heyday through to the electronica and samba-soul of the present day.
- CD1 features the samba and bossa nova classics, many of which the Girl from Ipanema herself would have shimmed along Copacabana beach to in Rio’s bossa hey-day of the 60s and 70s
- CD2 features the mix of sounds from Rio’s bars today: a mix of samba-novo, nu-bossa, hip-hop and experimental grooves.
- CD compiled by Alex Robinson, journalist and Brazilian music lover based in Rio