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Candelaria Chruch in the cultural center of Rio de Janeiro.

Culture

Cultural Diversity of Brazil

The influences of African, European and indigenous cultures have their place in the melting pot of Brazil. The country’s cultural heritage is as diverse as nature itself. Our blog entries tell you all about it.

Popular idioms are maintained throughout the years and are important elements of Brazil's national culture and diversity. Sometimes they transcend the boundaries of the Portuguese language and cannot be translated literally into other languages. Here you will learn some typical idioms of Brazil.

Samba de Roda, a cultural event that combines dance, music, and poetry, was born in the Recôncavo Baiano and has spread throughout the country. The musical genre is a great reference and even received the title of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity". Get to know more!

Here, traditions and modernity collide, creating an ambiance all its own. On a trip to Brazil, there is probably no other place where travelers can learn so much about Brazil's culture and history. Visitors from all over the world are inspired by the liveliness of this colorful metropolis. Take a look for yourself!

Axé is probably the style of music where the opinions of Bahia's artists, researchers, and night owls differ the most. However, all agree that Axé music can be considered the musical representation of Bahia's Carnival. We dedicate a blog article today to this popular Brazilian musical style.

In the 1960s and 70s, a new and exciting musical genre emerged in Brazil. The rhythmic and thematic foundations of samba were mixed with elements from American black music. Musicians from different genres entered into dialogue with each other and created the danceable samba rock.

When the state of emergency arrives in the carnival strongholds of Rio de Janeiro, Olinda, and Salvador, it is impossible to remain seated and just watch. Brazil's unique rhythms play a major role in this. Today we would like to introduce you to Afoxé and Co. Don't miss out on our newest article!

Considering the Amazon is one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet, it is believed that there are many active substances yet to be discovered within the Amazon Rainforest. This is also where the so-called curanderos, native healers, are found, who pass on the knowledge of traditional medicine from generation to generation.

Informal residential neighborhoods are transforming, providing space for cultural events and new concepts for urban development, and are increasingly being discovered by tourism and artists. Some are even emerging as the city's new trendy neighborhoods, serving as a source of inspiration for urbanists and city planners worldwide.

One of the most famous bossa nova hits from Brazil and also played a lot internationally is "Girl from Ipanema", composed by Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes. Roberto Menescal, one of the founders of bossa nova, says that he and his friends were looking for more modern, happy music whose lyrics spoke about what they felt. Continue reading!

Especially at Brazilian festivals and celebrations, it is always cheerful and rhythmic. Xote, also called xótis or chótis, is a Brazilian music style and social dance, that has its origins in Central Europe. Even today, xote is one of the most played rhythms. At the famous Festas Juninas, one often hears a slower version of the xote rhythm.

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