Brasil, Brasil

We’re in Brazil for the carnival and researching the Bossa Nova bars of Rio de Janeiro as well as the samba street parties of Savlador. It is, without doubt, great fun.

Our first stop in Rio was La Girota de Ipanema bar which was disappointing on a Monday evening – no live music. Across the road was the cosy Vinicius bar named for the amazing Vinicius de Moraes. We were privileged to see Thais Motte sing so delicately and strong with her nice dance moves.


Mumford & Sons Equal The Chart Record Set By The Beatles

English folk rock band Mumford & Sons have equalled the Beatles’ record of havgin 6 tunes in the American Billboard Top 100.

The Beatles set this record as long ago as 1964 – to put this into historical context this was the year that the death penalty was abolished in Great Britain, Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment, interest rates in England were at 7% and a loaf of bread cost 21 cents in the US. Seems like a long time ago?

All 6 tracks in the current top 100 are from the new Mumford & Sons album Babel, which became the band’s first UK Number One Album.

Here is the video for Little Lion Man