Thursday, September 18, 2014


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When you listen to music in Portuguese, you : 1) improve your listening skills 2) improve your pronounce while sing. 3) improve your vocabulary.

Do you want something easier than that?! The big deal in this practice is to find songs that you like. But in the lusophony world, there are a lot of rhythms and sounds. So, besides learn more about culture in those countries, I believe that some of them will be nice to you. In this article I will suggest some popular genres among the Portuguese speaking countries:

NOTE: If you can't access the song's links, try to search them in Youtube

BOSSA NOVA: It's a Brazilian genre, very good to listen and relax. Lyrics use to be complex and this is good to increase your vocabulary.
"Mas Que Nada" - Sérgio Mendes and Brasil 66
"Águas de Março" - Tom Jobim
"Garota de Ipanema" - Tom Jobim
"Samba da Benção" - Bebel Gilberto
"Meu Esquema" - Mundo Livre S/A
"Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar" - Ive Mendes

MPP: Portugal's Popular Music. They are "easy on the ear". Plus, it's a good idea to practice the Europen Portuguese accent.
"O Engraxador" - Luísa Sobral
"Maria da Feita" - Pierre Aderne
"Foi Feitiço" - André Sardet
"Milagrário Pessoal" - António Zambujo
"Guitarra" - Madredeus

SAMBA: It's the most famous Brazilian genre. Originates from the Angolan genre SEMBA. SAMBA it's a very energétic genre and the lyrics use to be easy to sing.
"Batuque na Cozinha" - Martinho da Vila
"Amiga da Minha Mulher" - Seu Jorge
"Coisinha do Pai" - Bete Carvalho
"Canto da Razão" - Art Popular

MPB: Brazilian Popular Music. It's a chillout genre but with a litle bit of Brazilian spice. Don't be afraid if you cannot understand the lyrics very well, usually those songs has a lot os metaphors. However, they are very good to practice pronunciation, because the words use to be really . Mas é muito bom para praticar a pronúncia, because words tend to be very well selected in MPB style.
"Shimbalaiê" - Maria Gadú
"Samba do Tamborim" - Penna Firme
"Não me Deixe Só" - Vanessa da Mata
"Amor em Jacumã" - Lucas Santtana
"Efêmera" - Tulipa Ruiz

FADO CONTEMPORÂNEO: FADO is the most famous genre from Portugal. Usually only one person sing in the song, this makes the song really easy to understand.
"Musiquinha" - Deolinda
"Transparente" - Mariza
"Fado da Vida Bela" - António Zambujo

MPA: Angolan Popular Music. If you like Afro rhythms you will love practice with Angolan songs. The lyrics use to be simple and the rythm makes you want to sing.
"Tira Sapato" - Dimba Diangola
"Rascunhos" - Aline Frazão
"Lata D'Água" - Mamukueno
"Minuto Mais" - Irina Vasconcelos
"Marina" - André Mingas

MPCV: Cape Verde Popular Music. They usually have really beautiful lyrics and also it's a very good opportunity to have contact with other accents besides Brazil and Portugal.
"Sodade" - Cesária Évora
Nancy Vieira: É Morna
Sara Tavares: Ponto de Luz
"Santa" - Tcheka
"Mana" - Mayra Andrade

KUDURO, SEMBA e KIZOMBA: They are popular Angolan genres. They use to have short and simple lyris. If you like percussion it's an option to practice Portuguese and also to dance :-D
"Atira Água" - Nelson Freitas
"Hangover" - Buraka Som Sistema
"Kappopola Makongo" - Moreno Veloso
"Windeck" - Cabo Snoop

Well, these where my recommendations about Lusophone genres. There are a lot of others like FORRÓ, PAGODE, FUNK CARIOCA (Brasil), PIMBA (Portugal) e ZOUK (Angola). If you are curious you can search in Internet for them.

Maybe you are thinking: "Lí! I don't like any of those genres. I like Rock, Reggae, Country or Hipo Hop..."

My friend, I didn't forget about you. I promise in the future I will post some tips about portuguese songs in those genres and others. You'll have no excuses for not practicing Portuguese with music :-)

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