Music: Young Brazilian Music

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When it comes to music, Brazil is more than a country, it's a whole world of sounds. The recent megaconcert Rock in Rio III mapped out some of the territory, including the work of several young Brazilian artists who, inspired by old traditions, are exploring new sounds of their own.

Max De Castro's new album Samba Raro ranks as one of the finest solo debuts in South or North America in recent memory. De Castro, 28, makes beat-blending music. Drawing from bossa nova, soul, drum 'n' bass and other styles, he sways softly like Tom Jobim and breaks off street...

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