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São Paulo, the last month

towards the end of my 5 month stay in Brazil  I worked on some new performances together with artists from São Paulo.

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After finishing most of the recordings of the new album at Casa do Mancha, I prepared an entire set with José Vieira (piano) and Pedro Falcão (cuíca and pandeiro) called “Juju & Seus Balangandãs”, featuring old Brazilian songs mostly from the 1920’s and 30’s (carnival marches and samba) in a very theatrical style. We presented it twice at Projeto Alberto Seabra 1128.

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Also in Projeto Seabra 1128 I met the singer Rita Maria aka Ritamaria Rirri and we became the two Japanese twin sisters Lita-San & Lita-San. We prepared a show together adding clowny coreographies and presented it at Shintori (a fancy Japanese restaurant in São Paulo which looks like it could be out of a James Bond movie from the 1970’s), where Rita is a resident musician. Rita Maria has just released a new album on the internet with very nice songs and arrangements of her own. Check her songs on soundcloud!

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Finally I met the genius and mad scientist Paulo Beto. Some synths that he plays were designed and built for his special performances by Arthur Joly (take a look at these incredible machines http://www.recosynth.com/). I performed 2 songs at Paulo’s solo show at Centro Cultural Rio Verde with a cool little instrument called the pocket piano built by Critter & Guitari, and I’m getting one for myself soon. It’s like the ukulele of the  analog synthesizers! No pics or videos but below is the flyer, and I expect to collaborate more in the future!

FLYER PB

… Thanks again to all these nice people and new friends in São Paulo…

and many special thanks to Casa do Mancha and the crew for all the support on making the new album … which will be out sometime in 2014.

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até já São Paulo! now back in my hometown Lisbon.


Indiozinhos Psicodélicos

We just played a gig in Sao Carlos at a very nice venue called GIG and we’re recording my 2nd album at Casa do Mancha! Bernard flew from Porto Alegre to join us and to record on the new album.

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Here is a link to some news in Portugal about the new album and this tour in Brazil: http://santosdacasa.blogspot.pt/2013/06/rita-braga-prepara-novo-disco-no-brasil.html

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My next concert will be a new thing: cabaret style, old brazilian songs (by great names such as Noel Rosa, Ary Barroso) accompanied by a piano (José Vieira) and a cuica (Pedro Falcao), at Projeto Alberto Seabra 1128 in Sao Paulo. No ukulele this time, hands free!


Indiozinhos Psicodélicos

We just played a gig in Sao Carlos at a very nice venue called GIG and we’re recording my 2nd album at Casa do Mancha! Bernard flew from Porto Alegre to join us and to record on the new album.

gig sao carlos doo wap

gig sao carlos 2

Here is a link to some news in Portugal about the new album and this tour in Brazil: http://santosdacasa.blogspot.pt/2013/06/rita-braga-prepara-novo-disco-no-brasil.html

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My next concert will be a new thing: cabaret style, old brazilian songs (by great names such as Noel Rosa, Ary Barroso) accompanied by a piano (José Vieira) and a cuica (Pedro Falcao), at Projeto Alberto Seabra 1128 in Sao Paulo. No ukulele this time, hands free!


new recordings in 2013

This year I’ll be working in three different projects which shall be released sometime in the future in cd and/or vinyl:

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1) a first EP of Chips and Salsa, featuring 6 original songs – I’m writing new stuff to which Chris is adding beautiful arrangements, all done over the internet

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2) a new collaboration with Nick Castro, who toured Portugal last year – Nick is writing some beautiful songs to which I’m adding lyrics in Portuguese, sounding somewhere in between Tropicalia and 1960’s French and Italian film scores

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3) … and I will be working on my second album with my first ever rock n’ roll band Indiozinhos Psicodélicos! In fact I am moving to Brazil soon to work with these guys and more gangsters from São Paulo, hoping to absorb as much as I can from the fantastic musical culture of this country!

Soon announcing new tour dates and radio shows, starting in Recife!


Update on Chips and Salsa – First Official Release to be out in 2013!

And through the wonders of the internet, while I sit at home in Porto writing new songs, Dr. Chips is in his secret lab in his new home in Los Angeles adding some magic to them. We’re working on our first official release to be out in 2013 (an EP with 6 new songs). And we’ll be posting demos on Soundcloud.

Chips and Salsa doing the Bollywood classic “Chura Liya” in Tucson:

You can follow Chips and Salsa on FB.


CD is sold out!

The 500 copies of “Cherries That Went To The Police” that I had in Portugal since it was released 1 year ago are now sold out after the Brazilian tour!

Thanks to everyone who has supported my music by buying this cd.

I have another stock of cds in California waiting to be distributed so the Cherries will be available again sometime in a not so far future.

For now you can buy get a digital copy on www.ritabraga.bandcamp.com (or i-tunes, amazon, etc). Or you might just stream it for free.


“Cherries That Went To The Police”

Rita Braga’s debut album “Cherries That Went To The Police” was recentely printed in the US and will be available for sale from on September 26th. The concert release party will happen in Lisbon at TEATRO DO BAIRRO on the 15th October. More info soon.