Uh-oh. Rio, the animated movie.

Here's the first trailer. Respectable 'Mas Que Nada' soundtrack and there's even a bunda featured in a gag.


Berimbrown photos now posted

The funky fusion band from Belo Horizonte recently hit New England with great shows and a couple of workshops. Here are the photos.

'Orfeu Negro' Gets Blu-Ray treatment in August

The film that launched bossa nova around the world is coming to Blu-Ray, thanks to Criterion. Extras to include an interview with the director, the American star Marpessa Dawn, and contemporary author Ruy Castro -- who, I imagine, will describe how Vinicius de Moraes (author of the groundbreaking play on which the film was based) walked out of the premiere in Brazil.

More at Criterion's site.


Marcos Suzano instructional pandeiro DVD at pandeiro.com

Free shipping, but $53. Cheaper than flying to Rio to study with Marcos! And this one has English subtitles -- the one I ordered from Japan was in Portuguese with Japanese subtitles only and cost more! (Probably the same material though, and it's useful stuff. If so, this DVD is perhaps not the best intro for beginners, but worth many reviewings if you've been practicing for at least a year.)

Here is the link to pandeiro.com.