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World Cup kicks up interest in best of Brazilian music
World Cup kicks up interest in best of Brazilian music

From a musical perspective, Brazil's hosting the 2014 World Cup is a victory regardless of bite marks, bungles or early exits. Volumes could be written about the country's legacy of song, one that rivals the recorded output of any culture on Earth. A place where the samba and its offspring bossa nova are sacred and the boom of capoeira rhythms beat relentlessly, the country's artists have produced myriad stylistic variations. Below are a few recent records that will not only serve your World Cup needs but provide sustenance until we all start digging into Russian music in four years. Or not. (For those interested in hearing more Brazilian sounds, I've compiled a Spotify...

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