2022 marks our 26th anniversary of a joyous tradition for Brazilian music fans worldwide. Always live, always free.
Listen to A Brazilian Christmas at Connectbrazil.com anytime.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Listen to a Brazilian Christmas tradition. Each year beginning in early November and continuing through Christmas Day, you can enjoy a light dusting of Brazilian Christmas songs every hour on our streaming station or all day long on Saturdays.
Or click into our 24/7 Brazilian Christmas streaming channel, anytime, all year long.
Christmas Week: Unwrap 96 Uninterrupted Hours of ‘A Brazilian Christmas’
Beginning at midnight Wednesday, December 21st, 2022 our streaming station at Connectbrazil.com will present A Brazilian Christmas, streamed ‘live’ through Christmas Day, worldwide. 2022 marks our 26th consecutive year.
Listen to a Brazilian Christmas tradition in your car, on Roku via TuneIn, on Live365, and on Alexa. Sounds great on your smartphone, too.
Connect Brazil’s Brazilian Christmas is presented by the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago.
These holiday instrumentals and vocals are sung in Portuguese and English. They are performed by Brazilians and non-Brazilians alike. It’s a true celebration of the special relationship that Brazil shares with the world.
Our programming is a musical way to say ‘thank you’ to the many Brazilian communities Connectbrazil.com serves, here in the US, in Brazil, and worldwide.
So, listen to a Brazilian Christmas anytime, with our best wishes for you, your family and friends, and those you hold dear during this holiday season.
Inspired By Oscar
I’ll happily admit that I enjoy creating every daily playlist for our streaming channels at Connectbrazil.com. I put careful thought and care into each one.
But our annual Brazilian Christmas programming is ultimately a personal favorite. And we have legendary Bossa Nova guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves to thank for it all.
Castro-Neves created a new music label with his talented friend Miles Goodman in 1996. Their first project was a groundbreaking album of traditional Christmas songs set in the Brazilian style.
Oscar was the musical director for Sergio Mendes for many years. He invited many of Brazil’s top musicians to join the recording.
Instrumental stars included saxophonist Leo Gandelman and guitarists Ricardo Silveira and Toninho Horta, plus keyboardist Gilson Peranzzetta.
Vocals came from Joyce, João Bosco, Dori Caymmi, Ivan Lins, and Bebel Gilberto. The rhythm makers were Tutty Moreno, Têo Lima, and Marçal.
The resulting album was magical. It was an inspiring blend of vocals in English and Portuguese, with instrumentals to match.
Sadly, Goodman passed away shortly before the album’s October release. Soon the label shut down, leaving only a few thousand pressings of the CD available for fans.
Very few copies remain today, and legal entanglements have kept the album from being reissued, digital or otherwise. You can order A Brasilian Christmas here.
My Gift (and my thanks) To You
This year marks the 25th anniversary of A Brazilian Christmas. Our first Christmas show aired on December 21, 1996. It was heard on The Sounds of Brazil’s weekly radio show, in more than a dozen US cities. The response to that first Brazilian Christmas show was overwhelming.
A few years later, A Brazilian Christmas came to the internet, reaching Brazilian friends and families worldwide.
Each year I receive messages of thanks from Brazilians living away from their homeland. They write with their appreciation of having a musical touch of home for the holidays.
Merry Christmas and happy listening!