Brazil has produced some of the most famous, and in our opinion some of the best, music in Latin America. Perhaps the most recognisably Brazilian music is Samba which is most closely associated to Rio de Janeiro and the infamous carnival. Samba originally developed, however, in the northeastern state of Bahía and is heavily indebted to African rhythms and dance which arrived in Brazil as a result of the slave trade. The samba de roda is a celebratory dance performed in the northeast of Brazil traditionally after a Candomblé ceremony which is accompanied by beating drums.
After Samba another well known style of Brazilian music is Bossa Nova. Developed in the 1950’s and 1960’s as a fusion between Samba and jazz, the most important instrument in Bossa Nova is the classical guitar which is normally played with the fingers. Bossa Nova means ‘new trend’ and it first became popular with young people before reaching wider appeal.
Beyond Samba and Bossa Nova, however, Brazil has invented many different unique styles of music such as tropicália, MPB, funk carioca, capoeira music and traditional folk music as well as having a significant influence on jazz and popular styles.
With such a rich musical tradition and so many different styles, it is obvious to anyone visiting Brazil how important music is to the national culture. Here we have listed our top 6 Brazilian music artists that will help get your in the mood for your trip! Enjoy.