May 292014

Brazilian music is famous throughout the world – and is set to take centre stage during the summer of 2014 when the football World Cup tournament comes to Brazil. Rob learns more about the bossa nova in his discussion with Brazilian colleague Grace.
Also taking part in the programme is the Brazilian singer Monica Vasconcelos. Discover more about the traditional – and not so traditional – sounds of Brazil, and learn some music-related vocabulary.

When was the song ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ recorded commercially for the first time? Was it:
a) 1955
b) 1962
c) 1969


6 Minute English - Brazilian music

Vocabulary and definitions
out of tune: singing or playing notes that are at the wrong pitch
recording artist: a singer or musician who creates and releases music either through a record label or independently
smoother: more serene, calmer
understated: more controlled, discreet
groove: cool, funky, smooth
to be into something: to be interested in something
lyrics: the words of songs
flattening: (here) making less complex

6 Minute English – Brazilian music Transcript Video


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