Roberto Carlos Celebrates 100 Years of Samba with Simplesmente on TV Globo

(Crédito: Divulgação)

Every Year At This Time

One of my favorite end-of-year traditions (one shared by millions worldwide) is Roberto Carlos’s annual music special on TV Globo. This year’s edition was titled 'Simplesmente Roberto Carlos' and featured O Rei and his guests in an intimate, club-like setting, created especially for the show at Globo Studios.

This year’s guest list included Gilberto Gil with Caetano Veloso for a pair of songs, Marisa Monte and one of the finalists for ‘The Voice Brasil: Kids’, 10-year old Rafa Gomes. She’s definitely someone to keep an eye (and ear) on!

Monte was her usual best, but for me two highlights stand out: Jennifer Lopes appeared with Roberto Carlos on the incredible 270-degree video wall that wrapped around the stage for their new single “Chegaste” and Zeca Pagodinho (above) stepped up to celebrate 100 Years of Samba with a medley of Samba classics, including Noel Rosa’s ‘Com Que Roupa’ and ‘O Sol Nascerá’ by Cartola. Zeca brought his own band onstage and I can’t recall Sambas sounding smoother that they did there!

If you missed it (and that’s easy to do considering TV Global International’s flex scheduling), Brazil Club has the complete concert in stunning HD . Enjoy!

-Miguel de Leon



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The 12 Days of Samba:

Day 01: An Introduction to The 12 Days of Samba and The Malandro Project
Day 02: Was Joao Gilberto a Malandro?
Day 03: Previewing Miguel de Leon's Annual Christmas Concert In Chicago
Day 04: Winter reading: 'Samba' by Alma Guillermoprieto
Day 05: Famous Malandros In Pop Culture
Day 06: A Cachaça Holiday Cocktail
Day 07: Seven Samba Stocking Stuffers
Day 08: Personal Notes: Samba Snapshots From The Malandro Project
Day 09: How To Dance Samba - Women's Version
Day 10: How To Dance Samba - Men's Version
Day 11: 100 Years of Samba and The Malandro Project
Day 12: The Malandro and 'The Lights of Christmas'


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The Malandro Project was recorded in Rio de Janeiro with saxophonist Leo Gandelman and MPB’s Leila Pinheiro to celebrate 100 Years of Samba and its iconic character, the charming, roguish bad-boy Malandro. A combination of cultural myth and historic fact, the Malandro’s roots can be traced throughout the history of Samba. The Malandro Project album will be released in early 2017.

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