Music from Brazil

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Listen to the music below!

This song is called Beleza.

Which means beauty in english!

Can you hear why it would be called that?

While listening try tapping your foot to the beat!

Then try these dance moves:

  • Step forward with your right
  • Step forward with your left
  • Then two claps
So it would go like this:
  • Forward, forward, Clap, Clap
  • Back, Back, Clap Clap
Beleza

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Berimbau Voices

Listen to the next example of Brazilian music. This time see if you can figure out what type of instrument is playing (Strings, woodwind, brass, percussion)
Berimbau Voices

Berimbau

The instrument that you heard playing is called a Berimbau. You can see a picture of it to the right. The Berimbau is a considered a single-stringed percussion instrument!

Weird huh?

The Berimbau is made up of many parts. Look at the picture to the left and match up the descriptions below.


  • Verga - Wooden bow that makes the body of the instrument.
  • Arame - Steel String
  • Cabaca - Dried out gourd-like fruit used to amplify the sound.
  • Pedra - Small stone or coin that is pressed against the string to changed the tone.
  • Baqueta - Small stick struck against arame to produce sound.

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