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 samba. Sambadrome 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***
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.