Favela Bossa Nova

Forget Football: Get Pumped For Favela Jazz

You might not expect to find a hotel in one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas – the local name for the city’s shantytowns.  The success story of “The Maze,” though located in one of the poorest parts of the city, it has been named one of the best places to hear live jazz music in the world.

Watch below and read more here.


Flash dance, Flash mob, Flash football

Dancing in the Street of Brazil

Not everything about the World Cup revolves around football.

Sometimes an event like this can bring an extra bit of excitement to a host nation, and in Rio de Janeiro flash mobs are erupting, to the delight of locals.

Watch below and read more here from VOA’s Brian Allen.