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Lighting a Candle for Brazil's Forro

from SoundRoots World Music & Global Culture, posted over 4 years ago
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CD REVIEW
Forro in the Dark: Light a Candle
(Nat Geo Music)

So I'm making lists and taking names. Not in some elfin devotion to Christmas, no...these are lists of my favorite albums of 2009, names of the bands who created the music. One that has been simmering in the back of my mind for some time is the latest CD from NYC-Brazil troupe Forro in the Dark. It hasn't been at the top of Spin The Globe's playlists, but on a recent road trip with a vanload of testosterone-laden soccer players, I popped in the headphones, tuning out the talk and tuning in the forro. And I soon found my self regretting not digging into this disc earlier.

Forro, if you haven't discovered it already, is a festive dance music from northeastern Brazil. The name may have come from English from back when dances were advertised...

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