Daniela Soledade Meets Roberto Menescal: Connect Brazil This Week

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Daniela Soledade Meets Roberto Menescal. A generational meeting of the musical minds. What happened in the studio during their recording of his ‘Rio’?

Read more about Daniela, a new friendship, and an exciting collaboration below.

By the way, there’s a week’s worth of Brazilian lifestyle stories and more waiting on the homepage at Connect Brazil.


Daniela Soledade’s ‘Rio’ begins with some Portuguese wordplay. It’ll capture your imagination.

“Sou Rio, sorrio,” she intones.  The two parts sound the same, and it’s clever in English, too: “I’m Rio, I smile.”

For songwriters, Roberto Menescal and Ronaldo Bôscoli, this turn of phrase was more about lifestyle than it was about poetry. One that ultimately came to define Bossa Nova’s beach culture, especially here in America. More on that in a minute.

The opportunity to record with Roberto Menescal in his island studio, in Rio de Janeiro came while her version of ‘Você’ was still moving up on our personal playlists.

Daniela recalls: “One day, my manager received an email from Menescal’s assistant asking to put him in touch with me.  He had heard my recording of his song ‘Você’ and wanted to share some kind words about it.  Then, he suggested that we record something together and chose his composition, ‘Rio’!” continue to the story…

Don’t miss two in a row from Daniela Soledade and Roberto Menescal on our streaming station this Wednesday!


Plan to join me for Brazil Back2Back this Wednesday when I’ll play two in a row from Daniela Soledade and Roberto Menescal on our live streaming station (9/15). Top of the hour, at 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm CT for two in a row.

Use the Connect Brazil Listening Lounge: Always free, always live.

Scott Adams, Midday Host


  • Feature: 15 things you don’t know about Brazilian Independence Day. Or do you?
  • Music: Late-summer sambas? We’ve got ’em with our Brazilian Day Music Showcase.
  • Food & Drink: National Cachaca Day is here. So is our list of fun ways the celebrate.
  • People: Our list of September musical birthdays is here. Who’s celebrating this week?
  • Picture of the Day: Tour Rio’s Green Coast this week. Visit our homepage daily.
Some say that Leme, (the calm and sedate easternmost beach district of the Copa crescent) is the alter-ego of flamboyant Copacabana. We say that’s just fine. From here. we’ll head off to Rio’s Green Coast this week.

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This Week’s Spotlight Song: Eliane Elias – Barefoot

Four albums into her stellar solo career, Eliane Elias gave us this song from her 1989 album So Far, So Close. Enjoy!

Listen for this song on our streaming channels, including Bossa Nova Love Affair, Brazilian JazzXODO!, and The Sunday Brazilian Brunch.


What’s your favorite Brazilian jazz instrument? I’ll bet the guitar and this week it’s two hours of one of Rio’s all-time best, Ricardo Silveira! Listen 4 X daily and on-demand through September 26th. The playlist and Producer’s Notes are here.

  • Have you checked out our newest affiliate? Philadelphia’s ijazzglobal.com is now streaming The Sounds of Brazil every weekend, Sundays at 10 am. Listen here!


We chase summer all year long. That’s The Sounds of Brazil’s streaming station at Connect Brazil! Spend an hour with our jazzy blend of breezy Bossas and crossover hits from both sides of the equator.

We are America’s only ‘Always Live’ streaming station for Brazilian music and more.

Daily Programming Guide

Tune in weekdays for The Midday Show with Scott Adams and relax every evening with our jazzy Quiet Nights program. Saturdays are reserved for Bossa Nova Breeze – all day, all night – and there’s always a place at the table waiting for you with The Sunday Brazilian Brunch!

Yep, late-summer sambas can make your spirits soar. Explore our newest video list, Brazilian Day Music Showcase. Then tune in for a trio of tunes that fit the bill. Listen for them on our streaming station this week:

  • ‘Begin The Begine’ – Gal Costa
  • ‘Francesa’ – Ricardo Silveira (Instrumental)
  • ‘Todo Dia’ – Atlantico

Listen for these songs on our always-live streaming station, and click here for all 10 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, September 13 – Marcos Valle
  • Wednesday, September 15 – New Music: Daniela Soledade and Roberto Menescal
  • Friday, September 17 – Marina Lima

Next week on Brazil Back2Back:

  • Monday, September 20 – Brazilian keyboard awesomeness
  • Wednesday, September 22 – New Music:
  • Friday, September 24 – Gal Costa

Visit the Listening Lounge to listen live, for real-time playlists, or to request your favorite song, style, or musician.

New Music Spotlight: Luca Mundaca | ‘Momento’

Okay, so we heard this song while late-July roadtripping to SoFla. Then we put it on Molly’s auto-replay for the rest of the drive. Congrats Luca!

Listen for this song on our New Music: Brazil streaming channel.


Connect Brazil’s Events section hooks you up with an album launch party for Brasil Trio + 1 (today!), there are still a few Brazilian Day parties to plan for, plus plenty of summertime concerts, from live club dates to livestream Brazilian jazz concerts.

Check out Chicago’s Luciano Antonio, or St. Pete’s Nate Najar Trio with Daniela Soledade, or virtual Brazilian cooking and Zumba classes. There’s 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.


Just getting started with Brazilian Comfort Food? Browse our summertime Directory. Yum!

Browse Brazilian Burgers, cafes, and Pizzarias near you, coast to coast

Brazilian burgers? Yep, and if you’ve ever been to a Girafa’s then you know how Brazilian and burger can be. But you don’t have to renew your passport to enjoy a freshly-ground picanha burger.

In fact, there’s a good chance that you can find one not far from where you are. If not, add it to your bucket list.

That’s where Connect Brazil’s Brazilian Bites and Burgers Guide comes in handy.

You’re just a tap or two away from the best of Brazil near you, so plan ahead. Our Lifestyle Directory delivers Brazilian goodness to your table.

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

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


Daniela Soledade Meets Roberto Menescal: Connect Brazil This Week

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