BRAZIL: Cat in the Tuba

Walking down Rio's Avenida Rio Branco with Joao de Barro last week was like taking a stroll with Joe Louis in Harlem. Friends embraced him, girls waved, shoeshine boys grinned admiringly. Joāo, whose real name is Carlos Braga, is no boxer, but last week he was champ. In a land where everyone loves song, Joāo had written (with Collaborator Alberto Ribeiro) the song everybody was singing.

There's a Cat in the Tuba, which won the $750 citywide song contest, had just what it takes to make a carnaval hit: a catchy tune (reminiscent...

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