Bebel Gilberto’s Grammy Rebound: Connect Brazil This Week

Bebel Gilberto’s Grammy rebound, plus new music tops our to-do list this week, plus events for pianist Gregg Karukas. Connect Brazil’s weekly digest keeps you informed and up to date with the best of Brazil. What will you discover?

What’s Happening at March 21 – March 27, 2021

Bebel Gilberto’s Grammy Rebound: After four tries and four fails, it’s clear that Bebel and the Grammy awards just don’t see eye to eye. And considering last week’s musical theater of the absurd, being passed over again could easily be considered as a badge of honor.

However, ear to ear is a different story, so we’ll award Bebel Gilberto with two-in-a-row for Brazil Back2Back this week. See below.


  • Lifestyle: Brazilian art for the home? Meet south Floridian Ana Bondarenko-Machado and her ‘Copacabana Beach’.
  • Music: Preview Serenata, Grammy-winner Gregg Karukas’s solo piano album to Milton Nascimento and Dori Caymmi.
  • Food & Drink: When was the last time you did brunch? Easter Brunch! Read up on Brazilian Restaurants near you in our Brazilian Comfort Food guide.
  • People: Catch Up With Alexia Bomtempo and her transformational album, Chasing Storms and Stars.
  • Picture of the Day: A handpicked photo every day whenever you visit our homepage.
Exclsuive to Brazil, this rare Ararajuba Macaw is a sure sign of Spring it all its natural beauty.

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Spotlight Song: Bebel Gilberto ‘Samba da Bencao’

A rare, live version of Astrud’s springtime Bossa classic!

Listen to Bebel Gilberto’s best songs on our streaming channels, including Bossa Nova Love AffairCafe Copacabana and XODO!


This week, we’ll Spring Into Brazil on The Sounds of Brazil. Listen 4 X daily and on-demand through April 4th. The playlist and Producer’s Notes are here.


Make The Sounds of Brazil part of your listening routine! Our streaming station is a jazzy blend of breezy bossas and crossover hits from both sides of the equator. It’s America’s only ‘Always Live’ streaming station for Brazilian music.

Spring always makes us feel better, and you’ll find that our playlist has already made its seasonal switch to the sunshine season. Listen for these new songs this week, including:

  • ‘Be The Change’ – Jarrod Lawson
  • ‘O Cantador” (Like A Lover) – Gregg Karukas
  • ‘Outra Coisas’ (Other Things) – Roberta Sa

Listen for these songs and thousands more on our always-live streaming station, and click here for all of our streaming music channels.

Check out Connect Brazil’s Listening Lounge.

Brazil Back2Back

Always two-of-a-kind and always two in a row when you listen at the top of the hour, at 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm (US Central) Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Here’s this week’s lineup:

  • Monday, March 22 – Bebel Gilberto’s Grammy Rebound
  • Wednesday, March 24 – New Music Wednesday: Adam Dunning and Kell Smith
  • Friday, March 26 – ‘The Waters of March’ – Sergio Mendes and Rosa Passos

Next week on Brazil Back2Back:

  • Monday, March 29 – Springtime Sambas
  • Wednesday, March 31 – New Music Wednesday: Bianca Rossini and Lee Hutchinson
  • Friday, April 2 – Carioca Chill

Visit the Listening Lounge to listen live, for real-time playlists or to request a song.

New Music: Alexia Bomtempo ‘Even Now’

We’ve introduced Kell Smith’s ‘Nossa Bossa’ to listeners coast to coast. Now, its your turn.

Listen to this song on Connect Brazil’s always-live streaming station, 24/7, worldwide.


Connect Brazil’s Events section has the early line on entertainment recommendations for Spring when every Friday Brazil Back2Back features different versions of ‘The Waters of March’ on our streaming station.

We have a full slate of streaming and virtual events for pianist Gregg Karukas posted. Enjoy live club dates and livestream Brazilian jazz concerts with Philly’s Minas, or St. Pete’s Nate Najar Trio with Daniela Soledade, You’ll find virtual Brazilian cooking and Zumba classes, even the return of Brazilian Jazz to San Antonio’s Riverwalk.

Plus your pick of full length, on-demand virtual Brazilian jazz concerts, too.

  • Click here to browse upcoming events.


Explore our guide to Brazilian Comfort Food! Click the image…

Browse Brazilian eateries, cafes and markets near you, coast to coast

It’s true. Hundreds of family-owned Brazilian restaurants, coffee houses and cafes, bakeries, and grocery markets coast-to-coast need your active support during these challenging times. Many have already closed. We want to help you help them.

Connect Brazil is donating its services to spread the word about the tasty rewards of your patronage.

We hope that you will do the same by placing an order soon with an eatery near you. Your support makes everything taste better.


Bebel Gilberto’s Grammy Rebound: Connect Brazil This Week

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