O Grande Amor
Brasil or Brazil
Since my spouse was trying to learn how to Samba the Arthur Murray way, I started buying Brasilian music. I soon realized that Brasilian music is a universe unto itself. I am only familiar with Samba, its relative Bossa Nova and Axé. However, Bossa Nova is really Samba that is simplified and depicts middle and upper class lifestyle. Since the great majority of people in Brasil are working class, MPB or Popular Brasilian Music has become the music of the people. I am somewhat acquainted with Forró, Pagode and MPB. Samba is not only rhythmically vibrant but contains beautiful melodies. Brasil has a long history of outstanding Sambistas. I can not begin to try to name any favorites. The list is just too long. What I can tell you is that I have a preference for Afro-Samba and Axé whose center is Bahia. This music is not only the most African but also has deep religious significance for the people of the region. Verve Records issued a 3 cd set on Samba, Bossa Nova and Afro-Brasil in the early 1990’s. It is an excellent introduction to some of Brasil’s music. The appeal of the music from Bahia was another signpost on my African music quest.