Brazil’s Immigrant Music


One February night in São Paulo, six musicians from different corners of the world —Syria, France, and Brazil — gathered in a cozy, high-rise apartment to play music from their youth. Though samba and rock emanated from bars and restaurants below, in this living room, voices harmonized in Arabic and Hebrew over an oud (a Middle Eastern string More...

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On August 1, 2017

The End and the Beginning

“When I was young,” a grandmother says, “life was much easier.” How many times have we heard this proclamation? Altering Charles Dickens’s famous phrase for Brazil today: “It was the worst of times More...

On July 21, 2017

Independence Here and There

Any teenager or young adult will be vehement in saying they seek independence. I remember my closed-bedroom-door-while-listening-to-Blink-182 phase when I thought all I had to do was to get a place for myself, More...

On June 19, 2017
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Order and Progress

In the book “The Accidental President,” a memoir by Brazil’s former president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, there is a story about one of Brazil’s many mysteries. At least it’s always been a More...

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On June 7, 2017

Temer versus Lula: A Labyrinth of Conflict

In the film Jerry McGuire, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Tom Cruise scream, “Show me the money!” In Brazil, a similar cry is fanning out across the country – where are the billions of dollars lost in the Lava Jato More...

On February 1, 2017

The Secrets of Native Tea

Last October Rio Branco, the capital of the state of Acre, hosted the Second World Ayahuasca Conference. Experts from 40 different countries discussed the shamanic drink of indigenous origins. Psychologists and More...

On December 28, 2016

Brazil’s Brave Cardinal

Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, whose advocacy of human rights placed him in opposition to Brazil’s military dictatorship, died on Wednesday, December 21, in São Paulo. He was 95 years old. “Where human More...

On November 12, 2016

Trump Triumphs – How Did It Happen?

On Wednesday morning, November 9, The New York Times headline in double-sized print read “Trump Triumphs.” Brazil and the rest of the world woke up to an unbelievable catastrophe. The loud-mouthed presidential More...

On August 14, 2012
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A Marriage Frosted with Love

Great creations come out of bakery kitchens all over the world every day, but it’s rare to find a creation as perfect as André and Alvina Boldori, two Brazilians who met while living in London and have married More...

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On August 9, 2012

Branding Your Internal Customer Service

  By Stephanie A. Parson “Be loose and have fun. Bake phenomenal bread. Run fast to help customers. Create strong and exciting bakeries. And give generously to others.” To satisfy your internal customers, More...