Let The Games Begin: A Playlist For Rio

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Album art for Brazilian band Bixiga 70's 2016 Record Store Day release, <em>The Copan Connection: Bixiga 70 Meets Victor Rice</em>.

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you know that a few little sporting events are about to begin in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's "Marvelous City" (Cidade Maravilhosa), as the locals call it, is rightly celebrated for beautiful beaches (and the beautiful people on those beaches), raucous Carnival and the spectacular view atop Corcovado Mountain. Over the next few weeks, as the Summer Olympics unfold, the focus will be on all things Brazilian. Here are an introduction to and playlist of what may be Brazil's most important commodity — its music.

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