A Brazilian Soundtrack for the World Cup

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A young boy plays football at sunset on June 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Clive Rose/Getty)

Brazil is largest country in South America, and certainly the best place to watch the World Cup. We can't all be in Brazil to see the games, but if you want some Brazilian flavor to go with your big screen TV, sports pub, living room, or outdoor projection party experience, then you will need a Brazilian soundtrack.

Brazil is a musical paradise as well as a football powerhouse. And a few days before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, John Schaefer gives us a primer on Brazilian music.

Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds, has all the details on the best soundtrack for this year's World Cup.

Let us know where you will be watching the World Cup—help us map out the bars, restaurants and other places where you and your fellow fans will flock.



John Schaefer


T.J. Raphael

Comments [5]

Guy Jones

Anything by Jorge Ben (aka Jorge Benjor) is worth listening to. His debut album from 1963,"Samba Esquema Novo," on which "Mas Que Nada" is featured, is fantastic, and sounds fresh and contemporary, even fifty-one years after its release. Shamefully, it it out of print on CD, but, used versions of it are readily available, as well as digital downloads.

Ben's original version of "Mas Que Nada" is superior to any subsequent cover versions of it. Ben has a fantastic voice -- full, but slightly raspy, and, capable of a soaring falsetto that he sometimes uses to great effect.

Also, check out Celso Fonseca's song "Bom Sinal," from his album "Natural," as well as Djavan's song "E Que Deus Ajude," from his album "Voz E O Violao." Pandora radio is a great way to explore the aforementioned artists, as well as to become introduced to a wide array of Brazilian music, past and present.

Jun. 14 2014 02:45 PM

Hi John from Dearborn,

Thanks so much for your comment and for listening. The song is by Antonio Carlos Jobim, remixed by N.A.S.A. Have a lovely weekend!

-T. J. Raphael
Digital Content Editor
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Jun. 13 2014 07:54 AM
John from Dearborn

During the Takeaway segment on Brazilian music today (12 June), there was a version of The Girl From Ipanema playing. Can someone tell me that was by?

Jun. 12 2014 09:01 PM
Tom from Portland OR

Sergio Mendez had a minor US hit(#47) with Jorge Ben Jor's (sp:prior comment) 'Mas Que Nada.' Great You Tube video of that version posted by Heart4MusicLovers with sweeping aerial shots of Brazil.

Jun. 12 2014 06:25 PM
Tom from Portland OR

There's a terrific video on You Tube of one of the all-time samba classics: 'Mais Que Nada(Original)1963 by Jorge Ben Zor.(posted by Melissalindona) With a great montage of vintage Brazillian photos. Over 2.27m views.

Jun. 12 2014 06:07 PM

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