Brazil Strikes Again – The World Listens

I don’t speak Portuguese. But I have a Portuguese language program loaded on my laptop and I’m learning.

Don’t know what it is about music sung in Portuguese – specifically Brazilian music – but it grabs me and I want to listen to it all.

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine had a birthday and she gave her guests a CD loaded with a variety of Brazilian music. I play at least a couple of songs on that CD everyday, sometimes over and over. I speak Spanish, so I have some idea of what the singers are saying, but vaguely. I was playing the CD in my car with two visiting guests from Brazil listening. They told me the music was not the best of Brazil, in fact one of them said the music downright sucked. Well, to my ears it all sounds good. But you know the saying – everything sounds good until you know something about it.

I don’t know much about Brazilian music, I confess. But I do know what I like. So when I first heard “Ai Se Eu Te Pego” by Michel Teló, I was instantly taken.

I first heard this song as I made my way on a bus to Southern Chile. Then I got to Argentina and I couldn’t get away from it. Uruguay same thing. It blared from buses, passing vehicles, stores, you name it. It was obviously a huge hit for  Teló, a Brazilian singer-songwriter who has been performing since the age of six. This song has made him an international sensation. And now I am in Miami and of course we’re a little behind, but the song is all over the place! And people can’t seem to get enough of it.

Not since “Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar featuring Lucenzo (handling the vocals in Portuguese) has a Brazil-linked artist struck it this big in recent times. Sure, Brazilians the likes of Sergio Mendez have been around for years, but in this age of social networks and YouTube, an artist can become an international sensation literally overnight.

Incredibly, there have been more than 330 million views of a single Danza Kuduro video alone, and when you add other views and other sites the number easily is a staggering 500,000 million views. I must say, Danza Kuduro, after more than two years from its release, still gets me going, even more so than Ai Eu Se Te Pego. Danza Kuduro is simply a brilliant collaboration and mix of various latin forces.

So here’s the video. Let me know what you think.


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3 thoughts on “Brazil Strikes Again – The World Listens

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  2. Hey Mike,

    Michel Teló became a world sensation, and it still a “bad song” for some brazilians , maybe because it is not “cult”, not “alternative”… i dont know. In some way brazilian people say that the world should listen our MPB and not a simple sertanejo song.
    I think Teló did a catch music, and thats good too.
    Nice article…

  3. Cool article.

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