In the city of Belo Horizonte, 1970s Black Soul Music is alive and well; James Brown would be proud!

Black Women of Brazil

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1970s Black Soul and Funk alive and well in one major Brazilian city; James Brown would be proud!

When most non-Brazilians think of Brazil, they most often think of Rio de Janeiro because of its reputation for a good time, beautiful beaches, raucous Carnaval, scantily clad women and the Christ the Redeemer statue. When one doesn’t think of Rio, the country’s economic engine São Paulo, Brazil’s equivalent to New York, often comes in second. Still others have discovered increasingly popular tourist destinations in the northeast in cities such as Salvador, Recife or Fortaleza. But one major city that perhaps doesn’t get its due has the country’s third largest metro population area as well as the fifth largest economy. That city is Belo Horizonte, the capital city of the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

Another thing that BH (pronounced “bay-ah-gah”) has also earned a reputation for is its allegiance to Soul…

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