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The Beat Goes On

From the Samba to the Bossa Nova, Brazilians Infuse Their Music with Driving Drums and Mesmerizing Rhythms
Larry Rohter
From the Print Edition:
Danny DeVito, Winter 96

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So feel free to explore, with the assurance that at every turn you are likely to find music as exciting, as sophisticated as that produced anywhere in the world, that moves the body as much as the soul. Perhaps it is best to let Antônio Carlos Jobim have the last word on the extraordinary musicality of his country and its people: "What really swings is the music of the United States, Cuba, the Caribbean and vicinity, and of course, Brazil," he often said. "The rest is all waltzes."

Larry Rohter is the Caribbean bureau chief for The New York Times and a former music critic for The Washington Post.

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