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It's based on Ary Barroso's 1939 song Brazil - Aquarela do Brasil. Although it doesn't use the melody, the backing is the same. And it's a samba, or strictly speaking an 'exaltation samba', of which style Barrosa was the chief exponent. At the time, much effort was being expended on projecting a positive image of Brazil: on creating a new identity. Getúlio ...


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