Outro dia liguei na Rádio Nacional e só ouvi música brasileira. Parecia que eu estava em Nova York.
The other day I turned on Radio Nacional and I only heard Brazilian music. It felt like I was in New York.
Hello and thanks for reading! My name is Victoria Broadus and I’m currently living in Washington D.C., pursuing a PhD in History at Georgetown University. I first traveled to Brazil in 2008, when I was studying Portuguese as a Master’s student at Georgetown (it took me nearly ten years to decide to do a PhD).
I started this site in late 2011 when I was living in New York City, missing Brazil but fortunate to be surrounded by lots of great opportunities to hear Brazilian music. I wanted to share that music with friends and family and any other readers out there who wonder what the songs they’re listening to are saying, and why. From 2012-2017 I lived in Brazil — first São Paulo for a year, then Rio for nearly five — before coming back to the United States for my PhD program. Over the years I’ve tried to keep a balance between popular songs (e.g. bossa nova) and songs that aren’t as well known outside Brazil, and even in Brazil. But what I’ve posted has also reflected what I’ve had going on in my life: When I was living in Rio and going to several rodas de samba a week, I posted more of that. Since I’ve started the PhD, my posts may have gotten more academic. That’s partly accidental, and partly because I use them for classes sometimes. Please let me know if there is a song you would like translated or would like to hear more about. You can leave a comment here or anywhere else on the site, or on the Facebook page.
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