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Alex Shaw

Alex Shaw Photo by Abi Reimold
"Talking About All The Styles of Samba Is Like Talking About All The Styles of Rock!"

July 16, 2013 - Our guest today Alex Shaw directs the Philadelphia band Alo Brasil. The group manages to synthesize all the various types of samba for American audiences. They are very busy around carnival time in February.

Today he’ll take us through the evolution of the music since the earliest version represented by Samba Chula de Sao Braz. We’ll hear musical examples including one of the songs in competition at Rio’s famed carnival in 2011.

Session Setlist
Teresa Cristina / "Tudo se transformou" / duetos
Fundo de Quintal / "Eu nao quero mais" / ao vivo convida
G.R.E.S. União da Ilha do Governador / "O Mistério da Vida" / Sambas de Enredo 2011

Read, Watch, and Listen to World Cafe Sense of Place: Rio!

Don't forget our interactive map of Rio, videos and more at World Cafe Sense of Place: Rio.

The Key Studio Sessions

Earlier this year, we recorded a Key Studio Session in the World Cafe Performance Studio. You can listen and watch the performance by Philadelphia-based traditional Brazilian ensemble Alô Brasil here.

You can see Alo Brasil perform live at the XPoNential Music Festival on Friday, July 26, 2013 at Wiggins Park on the waterfront in Camden.