The NEW Some Things Never Change

The new Christ statue atop Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro.
Cristo Redentor. The Christ statue atop Corcovado mountain. (Image: Marchello74 | Dreamstime)

The new made its launch day debut on the first day of summer, 2018.

22 years earlier, began life as a simple six-page website in 1996 to enhance The Sounds of Brazil radio program here in Chicago.

Back then, the big attraction on the home page was a pair of dancing palm trees. Over the next dozen years, would grow to become a leading destination for the latest news on Brazilian music, plus interesting ‘crossover’ stories about the country and its culture.

Our Cultural Roots

Our website was created to support our weekly syndicated radio show, The Sounds of Brazil which debuted on Chicago’s WDCB on April 5, 1992.

After an 18-year run with WNUA, WDCB welcomed The Sounds of Brazil back home on October 3rd, 2012, where it is heard on Sundays, 2 pm – 4 pm CT. Each weekly show is also available on demand.

Connect Brazil is also a pioneer in streaming Brazilian music worldwide.

In 1999 we were recruited by Mark Cuban’s to produce the world’s first Brazilian music streaming channel. Three years later, Live365 invited us to join its broadcast lineup to begin a decades-long partnership.

We have also supported Brazilian communities coast-to-coast with our Directory services. We launched the Connect Brazil Buyer’s Club and its companion print publication, The Brazilian Music Review in 1998 with 3,000 subscribers.

Time Machine

Here’s what looked like back in the early days, courtesy of the Wayback Machine. And here’s what our site looked like a decade later. And a decade after that, just as we were starting to introduce fans to and its community-based directory.

This is what looked like when it debuted in 2011.

Times change, and is now

But not everything is new.

I’ve made sure that retains its traditions of relatability and great storytelling, and that we keep our lifestyle focus, too.

A unique perspective on music, travel, friends, and fun. 

Cultural Innovation

This focus carries over to America’s only Lifestyle Directory for Brazilian business and culture, too. Interested in a free listing? Get started here.

Connect Brazil programs a growing network of streaming music channels, plus The Sounds of Brazil’s ‘always live’ streaming station and our award-winning syndicated weekly radio show.

Our homepage is where to catch up with the best tips and trends to help you add a little more of Brazil to your life whenever you want to.

Today looks handsome on your desktop, TV, tablet, or smartphone. It’s ready for whatever comes next, just as we always have been.

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The summer of 2018 also marked Bossa Nova’s 60 birthday and we spent 10 weeks indulging ourselves with the stories, legends, and unlikely heroes that helped to create Brazil’s signature style for the rest of the world to enjoy.

Even as I write these words today, a top producer in Italy is preparing to send us a brace of new Bossa Nova tunes to add to The Sounds of Brazil’s playlist in the weeks and months ahead. Sounds exciting!

Some things never change. Welcome to the new

Learn more about all that has to offer today.  Or schedule a free call on the day and time that works best for you!

Scott Adams, Creative Director

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