Picks and Pans Review: Brasil: a Century of Song

updated 04/01/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/01/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST

Various Artists

The music never stops in Brazil, and it is hot, hot, hot! This four-CD set traces the development of the country's rich musical heritage from its Portuguese, African and Amerindian folk roots through the birth of samba and bossa nova, culminating in a contemporary funk-and rock-influenced style known as tropicália. The 65 cuts include such gems as "Ella Diz Que Tem," a rare 1941 recording by the Brazilian bombshell Carmen Miranda. A good intro and overview, this box will also delight those already aware. As internationally known singer Milton Nascimento says in the liner notes, "It is music that enchants any ear and moves any heart, anywhere on the planet." (Blue Jackel Entertainment)

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