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Brazil celebrates national day of music

The musical genre of choro is considered the first urban genre in Brazil


National Choro Day, celebrated on 23 April, is a special date in Brazilian music, commemorating the birth of Alfredo da Rocha Viana Filho, known as Pixinguinha, one of the masters of choro and an important figure in Brazilian popular music.

The choro music genre, considered Brazil's first urban genre, is an integral part of Brazilian musical culture. Originating in the 19th century, the choro combines elements of African and European music, resulting in a unique sound that has enchanted listeners around the world.

Pixinguinha, one of the greatest figures in the choro genre, left behind an indelible legacy. His work has influenced many musicians, inspiring new generations to explore the richness of the choro. Iconic compositions such as "Carinhoso" and "1x0" are classic examples of the choro style, characterised by a combination of melodic modulations and distinctive rhythms.

In honour of Pixinguinha, many musicians continue to perform choro throughout Brazil, exploring its traditions and adding new interpretations and contemporary influences. For example, Clube do Choro de Niteroi, an organisation dedicated to preserving the choro tradition, promotes rodas de choro and live performances, uniting musicians and audiences around this vibrant genre, reports Toda Palavra, a partner of TV BRICS.

Contemporary performers such as singer Monica Mac and flutist Ana Paula Cruz represent the new wave of choro, incorporating modern styles and exploring Brazil's musical heritage. Events such as National Choro Day, held on 23 April, celebrate the importance of the genre to Brazilian musical identity, bringing together musicians, fans and the entire community.

These celebrations reflect the longevity and constant growth of choro, a genre that has much to offer in terms of creativity, musicality and cultural connections.

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