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It’s Carnaval in Rio. Carioca children bloom, Samba rhythms pound, and bacchanalia reigns.  It’s a party, a festival, a debauchery. The world is not right, the music is. Vibrant black outshines green-eyed white, thieves and whores trade souls with the innocents and gated commuters succumb to the fantasies of the favela. Today’s preferred stock – the sambaSambadrome sirens versus bloco blasts — pageantry, staged or street. Any sense not sensuous is senseless, any song unsung is sin. Life is carnal, Carnaval is life. © Dane Degenhardt, Monde Dane *** アメリカンスクールオブ ラングエジーズ***


Manhã de Carnaval — Luis Bonfa —  Bio —   Lyrics

Maysa  MatarazzoBreno Mello —   Baden Powell

Agustin Pereyra Lucena & Alejandro Santos

Nothing I found on Youtube can compare to the authentic soulful interpretation of my good friend Robson Amaral.


Robson is a trained musician from Rio living in Tokyo. I apologize for not being able to upload my recording of his performance at my 59th birthday party. I have never heard anyone who possesses such a real sense of saudade, the soft melancholy that is the soul of the Brazilian ballad. I will post a feature dedicated to Robson in the near future – please stay tuned.

In the meantime, here are some very talented musicians who adapt the haunting Manha de Carnaval to their own musical genres.

Emilio Santiago —  Luis Bonfa & Caterina Vallenti

Joan Baez —  Cal Tjader

Sadao Watanabe & Toquinho —  Korean Crossover

The Three Tenors —  Jose Carreras

Luciano Pavarotti e Caetano Veloso