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NEW YORK: The Brazilians are coming. Over nine days starting Thursday, some 20 acts representing a cross section of Brazilian popular music have begun to descend upon New York, playing at venues across the city for the fourth annual Brasil Summerfest.The ensuing party may do little to avenge the country's spectacular World Cup flameout, but at the very least it will serve to remind non-Brazilians that Brazil has more than just football. While Spanish-language sounds are amply represented in New York City, Portuguese-language Brazilian music has long flown below the radar.This year's acts range from Bebel Gilberto, daughter of bossa nova giant Joao Gilberto – who will be opening the festival with a free show at Celebrate Brooklyn – to Lenine, who spikes intricate rhythms from Brazil's northeast with dashes of electronica, and will play a free show July 19 at Central Park's Summer stage.Pula says that recreating the context for Brazilian music is one of the Brasil Summerfest's main goals.
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