The City Of Samba.
I love Brazil. I love the music, the culture, the history, the sounds of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Marcos Valle and beyond. I recently bought a book from Soul Jazz Records compiling much of the artwork that graced record stores in 1960’s Brazil, and in the extensive notes detailing the history of the Bossa Nova scene, the magic and power of the carnival was integral to how Brazillian’s evolved their musical language. (Samba, the principal music of the carnival, had come from the countryside, and Bossa Nova was the urban distillation of the Samba sound).
So it’s pretty easy to marvel at the magic of this video. Combining the classic visual cues of tilt-shift and time-lapse, it paints a picture of a city, and country in thrall to it’s heritage, and a vibrant place to be. This is best watched on a rainy day, where you can lose yourself in the sunshine and culture of a city and country reborn. (And it’s probably worth sticking this song on while you watch it too…)