If you like to dance, there are two things you need to do when you go to Brazil besides learning samba steps: one is to go to a gafieira in Rio and the other is to go to a forró in Fortaleza, Rio, or wherever. And I mean it! The music makes me think of Louisiana and zydeco music, the dances are as animated; you'll see couples dancing, women dancing with women, children, young people, old people...everyone has fun. All CDs that are donated to our site automatically become part of the Sheila Thomson Collection of Brazilian Culture at Florida International University in Miami.

Só Forró II. Kuarup Discos, KCD-150. Second compilation of the best forró music on this label.  One track alone is worth the fifteen bucks: Juraildes da Cruz singing his Sharp award winner "Nois É Jeca Mais É Jóia." 
A Festa do Forró, Petrúcio Amorim. Independent production. All songs here are his own; Amorim is one of the best forrozeiros ever. It's also forró with a social conscience; actually, there's a lot of that in this kind of music, these artists are very sensitive to the social and economic conditions of the Northeast and are not afraid to sing about them!
Sina de Cantador, Maciel Melo. Kuarup Discos KCD-101. This is really very beautiful music. If you don't feel like dancing, just relax and listen to it...I do it all the time!
Sivuca: Pau Doido. Kuarup Discos KCD 052. Master sanfoneiro Sivuca plus a trio of superb musicians makes for a quartet that's tighter than my blue jeans after a feijoada. These guys let it rip and groove like there's no tomorrow. Don't miss it!
soforro.jpg (8925 bytes) Só Forró. Kuarup Discos KCD 105. A compilation of some of the best forró music, this CD includes one of my favorite songs, the hilarious "Nóis é jeca mais é jóia." Now, how am I going to explain this title? 
brazilforro.jpg (9171 bytes) Brazil: Forró, Music for Maids and Taxi Drivers. Rounder CD 5044. This came out years ago, but if you can find it, buy it. It's excellent and has great liner notes by Gerald Seligman.
Forró, etc. Music of the Brazilian northeast. Luaka Bop (oh yes, it's David Byrne again, but it's good stuff, so...)

Brazilian CDs