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What kind of Brazilian music do you like?
There's a few bands I really enjoy. "Banda Casaca" is one. They're a bit less famous than ones like "Capital Inicial" or "Jota Quest." Casaca is what many Brazilians call "música de raíz" or "roots music."
Pretty much anything from Roberto Carlos or Gilberto Gil is great as well.
I found myself listening to "Skank" quite a bit as well. They have a song called "Alí" that's just awesome.
Are you familiar with some of the genres like axé and frevo?
Frevo is strictly música nordestina. In Recife, where frevo originates, it's mostly connected with Carnaval in the same way that Samba is in Rio or São Paulo. It's upbeat and kind of playful. Here's a YouTube link I like: http://youtu.be/Ydr848aAqz4
Axé is quite different. To me, it has a much more tropical kind of sound. Lot's of percussion, typically from wood instruments, and singing. YouTube doesn't have as many Axé videos as it does Samba and Frevo and many of the Axé you'll see there are from Spanish cultures that have adapted Axé in their own way. In my opinion, Axé from Brazil is the best though, especially Axé from Bahia.
As I'm a real newbie, that's given me loads to explore.
By the bye, I read in Empire of the Word that folk would be speak Portuguese can understand Spanish but not vis versa. What do you guys think?
First off, I love that book! Second I agree. Portuguese speakers can understand Spanish very easily. I actually passed the Spanish CLEP test without ever studying Spanish. (except for slangs and regionalisms, those can be hard even for native Spanish speakers)
I tend to get blank stares when I speak Portuguese to Spanish speakers. The issue is pronunciation. Portuguese pronunciation is much more complicated (roughly 3 times more complicated).
I have to say kaoma is a good group if you like samba if you like rock then check out pitty, also i know of this one site [url]http:\\letras.terra.com.br[/url] its a great site for finding lyrics in portuguese for songs like maneater by nelly futado (a portuguese canadian singer) and simple plan.