Category BRAZIL

What’s in a name? In the case of Brazil, Indiana, very little!

In southern Indiana, in the American Midwest, there’s town called Brazil. Throughout North America, settlements were often named after a place, almost always in Europe, to which the founders had links. When planning a road trip this summer, I noticed a “Brazil” on on my route. Naturally I was intrigued.


“Germans” and “Italians” in the highlands of Brazil’s far south

…if you can see beyond the kitsch representation of the Rio Grande do Sul’s German and Italian heritage, as well as past the very real contemporary struggles of the inhabitants, the Serra Gaúcha certainly has much to offer visitors…

“London, London”: Brazil’s Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil in exile – Part 3

After about a year in Chelsea, Caetano and Gil moved to Notting Hill, a cosmopolitan neighbourhood that attracted squatters, hippies, musicians and political activists. It was here where Gil was introduced to reggae music, which would have a lasting impact on him. From their new base, demand for Gil and Caetano was slowly growing in Europe and the USA, but both musicians hoped to return to Brazil as soon as possible….

“London, London”: Brazil’s Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil in exile – Part 2

At the end of July 1969, Caetano and Gil were put on a plane bound for Europe. After a brief stop in Lisbon, and a slightly longer stay in Paris, the duo made their way to London – then a global centre of pop culture. Soon they found a home in Chelsea where remained for their first year in exile….

“London, London”: Brazil’s Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil in exile – Part 1

In 1969 the young singer-songwriters Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil were expelled from military-ruled Brazil. They made their way to London – then the global capital of youth culture – where they spent the next two and a half years in exile. [….] This, the first of of three blog posts, explains the background of Caetano’s and Gil’s departure from Brazil.

Brazil in Zimbabwe: Harare’s Jacaranda trees

Jacaranda trees are found all over Harare and Zimbabwe’s other towns and cities, as well as widely scattered across the countryside. People in Zimbabwe with whom I spoke said that they always look forward to the blossom which, apart from simply being pretty, is seen as marking the change of seasons – the end of the dry ‘winter’ and the hope that ‘summer’ rains will bring. Just as cherry blossom is a Japanese icon, so too is jacaranda an icon of Harare. Except jacaranda isn’t Zimbabwean. It’s an invader.