Brazilian CDs

These pages are short reviews of some of our favorite CDs, both imported and U.S. releases. Click on the style of music you want and use our selections to build up a basic collection of Brazilian music or to add to your existing library. We will be adding to these pages on a regular basis, but the lists will always be rather limited; to keep up-to-date, check the labels' websites directly. There are plenty of sites out there where you can buy your favorite songs too. The following Brazilian sites are terrific for news, bios, and interviews: Dicionário MPB,, Instituto Moreira Salles and a brand new one: Hermínio Bello de Carvalho. All the CDs donated to Maria-Brazil are now at the Sheila Thomson Collection of Brazilian Culture at Florida International University in Miami.

The best place online to listen to an amazing selection of Brazilian songs is Ellen Collison's Spinning in Air (plus, she's got the best name for a music blog on the Web...). And, last but not least, all our favorites are now on YouTube!

Bossa Nova
Brazilian Guitar
Brazilian Indian Music
Brazilian Music Legends
Collections and Compilations (these include different styles of Brazilian music)
Dor de Cotovelo Music
Caipira and Sertaneja Music
Instrumental Music (besides choro, that is)
Music for Children
Music from the Amazon
Music from Maranhão
Music from Northeastern Brazil
Pampas Music
Some New (And Not So New) Faces
Viola Brasileira

Music & Folklore