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Episode 1

Throughout the 2016 Olympics, another chance to hear Gilles Peterson's Musica Brasileira, showcasing the very best from what is arguably the world's most vibrant musical culture.

In this first programme, Gilles plays some Samba from Rio, a rare track from 1958 by Jose Prates, which inspired Jorge Ben's huge hit Mas Que Nada, and some Brazilian soul. Gilles also picks this first "Santa Graal", or Holy Grail album, where he features one stand out Brazilian record each week. The first Santa Graal pick is Arthur Verocai's 1972 self-titled release.

During this landmark four-part series, Brazilian music expert Gilles will guide listeners from the birth of samba to the modern day mega-festivals, from the drums of Bahia to the rhythms of the 'Nordestina', the dances of Eastern Amazonia and to the punk rockers of Sao Paolo. Gilles Peterson's Musica Brasileira will be the definitive guide to the sounds of Rio's favelas, the beaches of Ipanema and the backstreets of Salvador. Playing music from massive-selling artists to more obscure performers, this programme is a must-listen for Brazilian music aficionados and total novices alike.

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57 minutes

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Tue 2 Aug 2016 22:00

Musica Brasileira Playlist

Gilles Peterson's Musica Brasileira Playlist

The very best of Brazil's music culture.