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Caipirinha Appreciation Society

The best in Brazilian music broadcast from Rio and London.

Brought to you from two continents, the Caipirinhia Appreciation Society (MdC Suingue and Kika Serra) cover the latest records from Brazil, revealing the scene behind the cliche and presenting a whole world of underexposed music. Brazilian journalist MdC Suingue (Portuguese for "Swing") has been living in London since 1998, where he created CAS to show that there is a lot more to Brazilian music than what the major record companies would have you believe. Kika Serra, who some years ago traded London back for Rio de Janeiro, joined CAS in 2006, when the show became a bi-national broadcast.

CAS in Morocco
Anyone with a little experience of Brazilian culture will know that the new year only starts for us after Carnaval is over.
So here is, in mid March, the long promised Caipirinha Appreciation Society new year's special!
In a serious escape from our routine, we offer you a guided tour to... Pernambu... Rio d... São P... MOROCCO! Enjoy two hours of Brazilian music in very unlikely surroundings!
And of course: Happy New Year!

Dear children, the Caipirinha Appreciation Society is on celebration mode - we'll be 10 years old in a few months - so we've begun introducing a few novelties, like the return of live webcasts. The real news though is that we've decided to give our Brazilian audience a break. They have been pleading with us for a Portuguese-spoken show for years, so we'll give them the benefit of our loose tongues for once. Ouch!

Here's an unusual format for the Caipirinha Appreciation Society show in recent years. To celebrate the presence of our special guest - Marcelo Vig, original co-presenter of the show back in its first, London-based incarnation - this episode was recorded in the same LIVE, improvised fashion of old! Great music, as usual, especially the stuff from Vig's up and coming solo album Om'Dub. Listen in and learn all about it!

CAS Roda

As the Caipirinha Appreciation Society envoy to the United States returns from her travels, we thank our American fan-base for their warm welcome with this samba-packed episode.

With Kika 'globetrotter' Serra absent for a couple of weeks, MdC Suingue banters in the Caipirinha Appreciation Society studio with the responsibility to introduce you to some oustanding new material:
Fábio Trummer's (Eddie) new project 'Trummer Super Sub America';
'La Na Nana', new album by 'paulista' rocker Nana Rizinni;
some tracks from the new EP by 'carioca' band O Padre dos Balões
and new songs by Juçara Marçal, Bruno Souto, Ive Seixas, Dusouto...

Life after Ash Wednesday
In this episode of the Caipirinha Appreciation Society podcast we tell you a little bit about how we got through the Rio carnival but bring you a very varied music set to help us all recover from the marchinha and batucada overdose.

Vida após a Quarta-Feira de Cinzas
Neste episódio do podcast Caipirinha Appreciation Society, relatamos um pouco de nossas aventuras carnavalescas mas com um set musical bem variado, pra ajudar a recuperar da overdose de marchinha e batucada.

Carnival is upon us: the streets of Rio de Janeiro have been taken over by music and cheer. A collective of artists and activists decided to give it a little twist and the result is outstanding! Wonderful parodies of great carnival classics! Listen to the songs in the show and sing along to the great lyrics, which you can download from here.

Occupy Carnival Manifesto"

We were producing a different show, but we couldn't finish it as Kika Serra had to go to São Paulo for a matter of urgency. To avoid you guys having cold turkey due to the lack of your supply of Brazilian music beyond the clichés I had to produce an emergency show. To make the most of it, I introduce to you the band from São Paulo called Aláfia and some new other novelties that we came across lately.

No, this podcast episode does not bring a collection of songs about the joys of 4x4 car driving. It is a show that will introduce 4 different songs from each one of 4 new album releases, for your musical pleasure. You're welcome to listen to it in your SUV, though, if you're into that kind of thing!

The CAS crew take a break from Rio (and the internet, and their busy novelty-digging routine), bringing you a show packed with classics from their archives.

The first heat wave hits Rio de Janeiro and the city goes back to its party mode: skimpy clothes, street nightlife, and music everywhere. In this show we celebrate this bringing you the new releases of Gabriel Muzak, Gustavo da Lua and we present you to O Quadro.

I'll tell you what is crazy: to announce at the start of the show that there will be 3 artists having their debut in our playlists and at the end of the show noticing that you forgot to mention another 5 newcomers!

For very long me and Kika had an internal joke that Rio de Janeiro is 'the graveyard of rock' mocking the (false) saying that 'São Paulo is the graveyard of samba'. As you guys can see from our latest episodes we were wrong. We've been releasing and connecting with some outstanding bands formed in our state, like Amplexos, Mutuca Bacana and Gilber T, just to mention three that performed in our parties at CaipiHostel. So this time around we want to introduce you to Reflézia, yet another Rio band certified by the CAS.

Since the beginning of demonstrations in Brazil, listeners of the Caipirinha Appreciation Society have been asking for our take on things. That has been a tough demand to meet so far, not only because we've never been busier with our other (i.e. "paid") work, but also because the general scenery is confusing and overwhelming to us too. This is the result of our efforts to translate it all into music. Get your gas masks on and have fun.

SPECIAL THANKS to the ingenious Rafucko for his recordings of the crowd chanting used in this episode.

"At once serious and playful" would be a good way to describe this episode. We hear Kika's impressions about Spain and the revolutionary songs she brought back from the land of the indignados, but also poke a little fun at Brazilian musicians who have tried to sing in Spanish at any one point of their careers. Have fun!

p.s. Sorry for the delay, we're trying to change the w... no, that one's old. How about: sorry for the delay, we were trying make sense of what's going on in Brazil! We'll tell you more about it soon, promise.

This week we introduce you to a band called "Pitanga em Pé de Amora", a samba act from the state of São Paulo. The show also brings new tracks by Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda, Mundo Livre S.A., Flávio Renegado and many others, besides revisiting tunes we hadn't played in a long time (from playlists as old as 2006!).(p.s.) In case you're wondering: pitanga is a typical Brazilian berry. You can make lovely caipirinhas from pitangas. Thus, "Caipitanga"

As we wait for Kika Serra to return from her European trip to join the fun next week, lets enjoy some nice Brazilian music beyond the clichés.

2 new bands and a judgement. And plenty of Brazilian music beyond the clichés.

Well,the title of this episode is a joke, and a hard one to explain - but if one has to explain a joke, it's not a good joke, isn't it? But I'll try, anyway...

This show is a re-run of the episode 264. In this episode we bring you soundscapes of Saquarema, a city that was our home for 6 weeks in 2010. We have a chat to get the impressions about Brazilian living and surfing from a group of kids who were visiting the city as part of a Rotary exchange programme. And of course, we bring you two hours of fine Brazilian music.

Your weekly dose of Brazilian music beyond the clichés, this time around with no theme, just a varied 'selecta' of nice tunes and good vibes.

In this episode the Caipirinha Appreciation Society proves that we are really beyond the clichés: We focus on one of the most underestimated instruments in Brazilian music: The cuíca!
We interview Stan 'the cuíca man' Rifken from Manhattan School of Samba - NY and he talks to us about his cuíca adventures in Rio de Janeiro and the origins of this weird instrument.
We also bring you a very special bootleg with the samba combo from Pernambuco Pouca Chinfra, playing for the first time in Rio.

Kika just left Rio for some holidays in Europe, but the show must go on, Brazilian music beyond the clichés will not until she arrives in a place with proper internet connection to take part in the show via skype... But she will be back soon.

In this episode of the Caipirinha Appreciation Society you will be introduced to the music of Sergipe, the smallest state of Brazil.
You've met some of their music here at the CAS show, such as Naurêa, Cabedal, Elvis Boamorte & os Boavidas, but this time around we bring you a show 100% 'Sergipano'.
With the precious help of Alex Sant'anna, local artist and producer.

Some time we have to go back to the bare essentials, to the basic: Brazilian Music Beyond The Clichés...
We have many new albums to play and in the last month we had little time to listen and digest them properly. So I decided to dig on the repertoire of very old shows to bring some nice tracks back to your attention. Enjoy.

Your weekly dose of Brazilian Music Beyond The Clichés + a series of interviews with foreigners who spent Carnival in Brazil.

A show dedicated to those who hate samba, frevo, maracatu and anything remotely related to the Brazilian carnival! Luckily for us, that still leaves us a lot of great music to be enjoyed by the grumpy and light-hearted alike.

Folly is the word brazilians like to use to describe carnival period.
Listen and enjoy a little light hearted foolishness...

'Carnival Dos & Don'ts' may sound like a paradox, but we have some tips for anyone who wants to enjoy the party in Brazil without getting hurt or offending anyone.

Also learn how to take part in our Pre-Carnival Hang Outs, between the 28th of January to 7th of February.

The Caipirinha Appreciation Society crew have been having a hectic summer, what with deejaying at the (oficial) end-of-the-world party, travelling to the interior of São Paulo for a musical Christmas, throwing our own party with a live act at CaipiHostel, having guests for NYE, bootlegging Criolo's gig for you... Phew! It has been intense, but in retrospect, it was worth every minute of it. Enjoy the soundtrack to all that!