Listen to A Brazilian Christmas at Connectbrazil.com anytime worldwide. It’s a joyous tradition for Brazilian music fans worldwide. Always live, always free.
by Scott Adams
Each year beginning in mid-November and continuing through Christmas Day, our Brazilian Christmas songs are sprinkled into every hour on our streaming station, with non-stop Brazilian Christmas Saturdays.
Beginning at midnight December 21st, 2019 our streaming station at Connectbrazil.com will present A Brazilian Christmas, streamed ‘live’ through Christmas Day. 2019 marks our 23nd consecutive year. Sounds great on your Smart Phone, too.
Unwrap ‘A Brazilian Christmas’ One Song At A Time
These holiday instrumentals and vocals sung in Portuguese and English are performed by Brazilians and non-Brazilians alike – a true celebration of the special relationship that Brazil shares with the world.
Our programming is a musical way to say ‘thank you’ to the many Brazilian communities Connectbrazil.com serves, here in the US, in Brazil and worldwide.
So, listen aytime, with our best wishes for you, your family and friends, and those you hold dear during this holiday season.
Inspired By Oscar
I’ll happily admit that I enjoy creating every daily playlist for our streaming channels at Connectbrazil.com; a lot of thought and care is put into each one.
But our annual ‘Brazilian Christmas’ programming is ultimately a favorite, and we have legendary Bossa Nova guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves to thank for it all.
Castro-Neves created a new music label with his talented friend Miles Goodman in 1996. They started work on their first project, a groundbreaking album of traditional Christmas songs set in the Brazilian style.
Oscar was the musical director for Sergio Mendes for many years, and her invited many of Brazil’s top musicians to join the recording.
Instrumental stars included saxophonist Leo Gandelman and guitarists Ricardo Silveira and Toninho Horta, plus keyboardist Gilson Peranzzetta.
The vocals came from Joyce, João Bosco, Dori Caymmi, Ivan Lins, and Bebel Gilberto. The rhythm makers were Tutty Moreno, Têo Lima and Marçal
The resulting album was magical, an inspiring blend of vocals in English and Portuguese, with instrumentals to match.
Sadly, Goodman passed away shortly before the album’s October release. Soon the label shut down, leaving only a few thousand pressings of the CD available for fans.
Fewer copies remain today, and legal entanglements have kept the album from reissue, digital or otherwise. You can order A Brasilian Christmas here.
My Gift (and my thanks) To You
Back then, The Sounds of Brazil was in its fourth year at Smooth Jazz WNUA in Chicago, and had begun to be syndicated nationally.
Our first Christmas show aired on December 21, 1996 in more than a dozen US cities and the response was overwhelming.
A few years later, our Christmas tradition expanded to the internet to reach Brazilian friends and families worldwide.
Each year I receive messages from Brazilians living away from their homeland, who write with their appreciation of having a musical touch of home for the holidays.
Merry Christmas and happy listening!