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Rolling Stones are coming to Latin America

The Rolling Stones are touring Latin America in early 2016. The group need no introduction. Their music career took off after their first performance at the Marquee Club in London in the early 60s. Over the last 50 years they produced some of the finest rock and roll music in history and their gigs are still just as exciting as they were decades ago. Albums like ‘A Bigger Band’ have gone on to influence music today and they continue to redefine new sounds. Their work has been heavily influenced by blues from the states taking inspiration from artists like Muddy Waters.

Here’s a list of their gig dates:

Wed, 03 Feb 2016, 21:00
Santiago, Chile
Estadio Nacional de Chile

Sun, 07 Feb 2016, 18:00
Buenos Aires, Argentina
City of la Plata Stadium

Wed, 10 Feb 2016, 18:00
Buenos Aires, Argentina
City of la Plata Stadium

Sat, 13 Feb 2016, 18:00
Buenos Aires, Argentina
City of la Plata Stadium

Tue, 16 Feb 2016, 21:00
Montevideo, Uruguay
Estadio Centenario

Sun, 06 Mar 2016, 19:00
Lima, Peru
Estadio Monumental

Thu, 10 Mar 2016, 19:00
Bogota, Colombia
Estadio El Campin

Mon, 14 Mar 2016, 20:30
Mexico City, Mexico
Foro Sol

Ticket can be purchased at Viagogo. To start planning your tour of Latin America to see the Rolling Stones get in touch with us today.

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This Video Perfectly Sums Up Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro really does have it all. A year round sunny climate, an energetic and dynamic city, white sandy beaches, iconic monuments, an excellent nightlife and food scene, friendly locals and luxury hotels.

This video perfectly sums up Rio de Janeiro. The juxtaposition between those busy timelapse shots of streets and packed beaches set alongside the relaxed musicians overlooking the city from Christ the Redeemer works perfectly. The pace and energy of the city, the rhythm of the music and those shots of the famous Rio de Janeiro sunset melting over the Atlantic.

There really is no city like it. To start arranging your tour of Rio and Brazil get in touch.

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Searching for Sugarman: the ‘70’s Rock Icon Who Never Was

Searching for Sugarman is an Oscar winning true-life documentary about a Mexican-American folk musician who lived in poverty and obscurity in Detroit whilst unknowingly achieving huge commercial success in South Africa. It has become one the most enjoyable documentaries of the last ten years.

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez was the sixth child (hence the name) of Mexican parents who had immigrated to Detroit for work. Despite coming from a poor background Rodriguez earned himself a Bachelor of Philosophy at Wayne State University. His music talent was first discovered by two producers when he was playing in a basement bar, called The Sewer, in 1967. They backed him and he released two albums in the US, but these did not sell well; though he did tour Australia, he left the music industry and worked in construction. Somehow his album made it out to South Africa selling hundreds of thousands of albums, even outstripping Elvis in sales without his knowledge. In seems that in apartheid South Africa, they felt a connection with his left-leaning, anti-establishment songs.

Rumours about the star’s apparent suicide has spread, assuming he was dead no one came looking for him. The documentary follows the story of two fans from Cape Town in the late 90’s – Stephen Segerman a record shop owner and Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, who starting searching for what had happened to Rodriguez and discovered him still alive in Detroit. He lived in such obscurity in the United States that a local barman thought he was a homeless man. There are many questions raised about how this happened including the royalties which he never received.

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Critics were quick to praise this bitter-sweet, soulful documentary. Its only downfall was not mentioning that Rodriguez actually enjoying some success in Australia and New Zealand as well. So what’s happened since the documentary? After the release of the film a surge of interest throughout the United States and Europe led to a revival in his music career. He appeared as a guest on the David Letterman show, CNN, Later with Jools Holland and tours much of the world including playing at Glastonbury Festival and the Beacon Theatre in New York. He still lives in the same derelict Detroit house that he bought in auction in the 70’s and actively tries to help improve the lives of if Detroit’s working class. Interesting Rodriguez turned down the invitation to the Oscars and apparently slept right through the ceremony.

There is one final ironic twist to the story. The skillful director Malik Bendjelloul sadly committed suicide a year after the release of Searching for Sugarman. Bendjelloul’s finest piece of work helped to give Rodriguez the recognition and fame that had been missing for 40 years.

A short history of Bossa Nova

Bossa Nova has an interesting history. Created in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1950s it rose in popularity over a six year period in what is known as the Bossa Nova movement.  Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Joao Gilberto, Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd are just a few of the notable Bossa Nova artists. This fusion mix of jazz and samba began during a new beginning for Brazil. With its economy booming many were moving to the cities and a middle class was emerging – this was the music of the young intellectuals. During the early 1960s its popularity began to grow around the world, particularly in the US where João Gilberto and Stan Getz’ version of ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ sung by Astrud Gilberto, became a huge hit reaching the top of the charts. But this was not to last. In 1964 backed by the US government, a military coup ousted the left-wing government and along with many things, Bossa Nova began to be censored and even repressed. Over the years Bossa Nova has be synonymous with carefree spirit of the Brazilian people and lives on through artists like Bebel Gilberto and Sitti Navarro.

Start your own Bossa Nova tour of Brazil by getting in touch.

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Flavia Coelho – A New Brazilian Sound

The young Brazilian Flavia Coelho is making waves with her unique sound that comes from the blend of samba, bossa-nova and Brazilian melodies with a hint of hip-hop and reggae for good measure. The singer was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro but moved to Paris in 2006. Her most recent album Bossa Muffin released in 2013 a rhythmic clash of Brazilian and Caribbean styles that match her relaxed vocal style. African influences come from Bika Bika Pierre, a musician from Cameroon that she collaborated with on many of the tracks. Easily one of the best albums of the year.

“there’s something quirky and mischievous about Flavia Coelho’s voice… fresh, brassy and irreverent”
Simon Broughton, Evening Standard  (on album Bossa Muffin)

To start your musical tour of Brazil, get in touch here.

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