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What do David Byrne, Devendra Banhart and M.I.A all have in common?

Friday August 27 2010

Q: What do David Byrne, Devendra Banhart and M.I.A all have in common? A: They’ve all been inspired by modern Brazilian music. The fascinating film Beyond Ipanema – Brazilian Waves In Global Music looks at how the cross-pollination of musical styles - as well as sampling and globalisation - have helped Brazil to secure a unique position in global music culture, [...]

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See Royal Festival Hall dance to a capoeira beat

Thursday August 26 2010

A massed gathering of young and old took over The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall to learn capoeira Angola –  the beautiful and exhilarating Brazilian art-form of martial arts and dance. The free workshops were hosted by Kabula, a community organisation that aims to connect and inspire people using  capoeira Angola. They were punctuated by spectacular showcases [...]

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The differences of life in Rio and London – through the eyes of two rappers.

Friday August 06 2010

What happens when two wordsmiths from different corners of the earth get together and collaborate over Shakespeare… with some of London’s young people… and a live band? That’s what we’re about to find out at Southbank Centre tomorrow evening. On Saturday 7 August MOBO award-winning Akala gets together with Rio’s most popular rapper/spoken word poet [...]

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Why are there yellow flags on Royal Festival Hall?

Wednesday July 28 2010

Along with the continual buzz of artistic activity, the summer months often mean two things at Southbank Centre. Pimms consumption reaches its dizzy heights on Central Bar Terrace outside Royal Festival Hall and Jeppe Hein’s Appearing Rooms drenches a multitude of enthusiastic volunteers who dare to brave the water jets. This sense of joy has been [...]

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Who said ‘I am Brazil’?

Tuesday July 20 2010

Singer, composer, politician – Gilberto Gil is one of Brazil’s most inspiring icons. On the eve of his performance at Royal Festival Hall tomorrow (Wednesday 21 July), Paul Heritage explains what is it is that makes him so unique. “When Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva announced in 2003 that Gilberto Gil had accepted [...]

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