Characterized by its great diversity, the origins of Brazil’s music lie in its AmerIndian, Portuguese and African roots, and today it is firmly embedded into the Brazilian way of life.

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From Bossa Nova bars spilling with hypnotic rhythms to buzzing Samba clubs to nightclubs providing an electronic twist, Brazilian music has the ability to captivate and influence us all.

Rio is synonymous with the feverish intensity of the world's largest carnival; the spectacle of thousands of performers in outlandish costumes, accompanied by samba drummers and dancers is a unique experience. Whether it's the polyrhythm from percussion instruments at a street corner or an impromptu all night Carnaval, Rio de Janeiro refuses to stop moving to the sound of music.

Samba, a fusion of Spanish Bolero and African rhythms, was first heard in urban Rio during the early 20th century after slaves migrated from Bahia and settled in Rio. Its golden age materialised during the 1930's soon after the emergence of Escolas de samba, which soon became the scene for song writing for Carnaval. It wasn't long before the celebrated annual festival became inextricably linked with this lively, rhythmical form of music, which had very much developed into a symbol of national identity.

Two decades later saw the birth of Bossa Nova - literally translated as "New Wave" - which generated a new era of Brazilian music. Samba's basic rhythm was slowed down creating a more intimate and seductive melody, and by the 1960's it became an international success. It was hugely influenced by and influential to American Jazz and Blues; musical legends such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald adapted Bossa Nova classics and recorded their own versions.

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Where to stay

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Originally opened in 1923, this impressive property is Rio’s most traditional and luxurious hotel, and has been the go-to-place to stay for everyone from Fred Astaire to the Rolling Stones.

Fasano

Fasano

One of the slickest hotels in Rio, Fasano is situated on Rio de Janeiro’s fashionable Ipanema Beach.

Hotel Santa Teresa

Hotel Santa Teresa

After three years of restoration and repair, Hotel Santa Teresa has finally opened its doors.

Vila D'Este

Vila D'Este

Situated on a cliff overlooking the famous Joao Fernandes Beach, this pretty little pousada is perfectly situated near the centre of town but at a privileged position with spectacular views over the bay.

Fazenda Catuçaba

Fazenda Catuçaba

Fazenda Catuçaba is a 450-hectare coffee farm in a coastal mountain range, bordering a UNESCO natural reserve, and the sister property of the lovely Pousada Picinguaba.

Casas Brancas

Casas Brancas

Just a five minute walk from the centre of coastal Búzios, and overlooking the town’s bay dotted with colourful fishing boats, Casas Brancas has the best of both worlds.

Casa Turquesa

Casa Turquesa

Now this a pretty chic boutique! Casa Turquesa is a lovely B&B idyllically situated down Paratay's cobbled town streets right on the waterfront.

Mama Ruisa

Mama Ruisa

The French owners of this boutique property believe that personalized service is paramount to maximising the Brazilian experience whilst staying in Rio de Janeiro.

Pousada Picinguaba

Pousada Picinguaba

A charming hotel in an exceptional location, ideal for enjoying the surrounding nature and the local way of life.

Rio Internacional

Rio Internacional

As one of Copacabana’s top hotels, the Rio Internacional has an excellent location overlooking Copacabana beach and fantastic views over the Corcovado mountains.

Casarão Amarelo

Casarão Amarelo

A beautiful colonial-style private hire property combining hugely comfortable accommodation, a pool and a beachfront position.

Casa Paraty

Casa Paraty

An immaculately restored colonial mansion located in the heart of the colonial old town of Paraty which is entirely closed to traffic.

Maria Santa Teresa

Maria Santa Teresa

Pop-up hotel Maria Santa Teresa is nestled into Rio's artistic neighbourhood of Santa Teresa and is surrounded by tropical gardens. This exclusive hillside location means guests are a stone’s throw away from Rios trendy scene but set back from the immediate hustle and bustle.

Hotel Spa Nau Royal

Hotel Spa Nau Royal

Think Costa Verde, think nature, sunshine and tropical bliss. However, until now there has been little opportunity to enjoy this on the beachfront of Sao Paulo. Enter Nau Royal; a beautiful design-focussed boutique property nestled between pristine beach and lush forest.

Pousada Literaria

Pousada Literaria

Occupying a restored colonial house in the cultural heart of Paraty, Pousada Literaria embodies the rich heritage of arts in the region, and is equally charming as the churches and squares that surround it.

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