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Sense of Place includes interactive features that enhance the radio series and further convey the sounds of Brazilian music styles, through a musical map of Rio de Janeiro, a walk-around tour of Rio video with musician Sylvio Fraga, and four music videos recorded on location featuring artists Samba Chula de São Braz, Sylvio Fraga Trio, Do Amor and Kassin.

World Cafe host David Dye said, “Brazil is a big place to get a ‘sense of.’ We focused on intimate encounters with a wide variety of musicians. From the traditional Samba Chula in Salvador to more cutting edge pop in Rio, every band gave us something extraordinary.”

Throughout each program, Dye plays a masterful mix of music highlighting that day’s genre(s). Broadcast highlights for Sense of Place: Brazilinclude:

Tuesday July 16: Day of Samba begins outside of Rio, in Salvador, Brazil, to get a more traditional feel for the music with a performance with Samba Chula de São Braz recorded in the old city section of Salvador. A revealing interview and music history lesson with Randy “the Sparrow” Roberts, an ex-pat record store owner and local music expert is featured, and Alex Shaw of Philadelphia-based Brazilian music ensemble Alo Brasil provides his take on the genre.

Wednesday July 17: A mix of genres features Sylvio Fraga of Sylvio Fraga Trio, who combines a unique blend of influences including jazz, pop, and his poetic sensibilities through an interview and performance recorded in Rio during the World Cafe visit. From the World Cafe archives, visits with Brazilian artists Seu Jorge and Forró in the Dark are presented;  Seu Jorge was raised in a favela and came to fame in the U.S. for his work on the soundtrack to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and  Forró in the Dark are a New York-based collective of Brazilian expatriates who combine the Brazilian forró style of music with a variety of other elements.  

Thursday July 18: Tropicália features Do Amor recorded on location in Rio (a couple of its members tour with famed Brazilian artist Caetano Veloso). This program also features psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes from the World Cafe archives, and an encore of a Latin Roots segment on Tropicália.

Friday July 19: Bossa Nova includes bassist-producer Kassin recorded on location in Rio. Kassin has produced records by singers including Marisa Monte and Bebel Gilberto from his Monoaural Studio in Gavea, has played bass for Caetano Veloso’s live shows, and masterminded the Orchestra Imperial project, in which samba classics are given a modern twist by a live band.  From the World Cafe archives, music performed by bossa nova/pop singer Bebel Gilberto and bossa nova/Brazilian jazz artist Vinicius Cantuária are included. 

On Thursday, July 11 and Thursday, July 25, the ongoing Latin Roots series on World Cafe will showcase music exclusively recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina. July 11 will feature an interview and performance with Catupecu Machu, the popular Argentinean alt metal band, and July 25 will feature Argentinean reggae artist Fidel Nadal.

Sense of Place, which has previously highlighted Nashville, Portland, Havana, New Orleans and Dublin (among other music meccas), is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation.World Cafe airs at 2 p.m. ET Monday through Friday on WXPN-FM, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, and nationally syndicated to more than 225 radio stations by NPR. For more information about World Cafe, please visit For more information about WXPN, please visit

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