Brazil Culture

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  • Brazil Culture

The core culture of Brazil is derived from Portuguese culture, also strongly influenced by African, indigenous and non-Portuguese European cultures and traditions. The indigenous Amerindians influenced Brazil's language and cuisine; and the Africans influenced language, cuisine, music, dance and religion. Brazilian art has developed since the 16th century into different styles that range from Baroque to Romanticism, Modernism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstractionism.

Music plays an important part in Brazilian identity. Styles like choro, samba and bossa nova are considered genuinely Brazilian. Caipira music is also in the roots of sertanejo, the national equivalent to country music. MPB stands for Brazilian Popular Music, which mixes several national styles under a single concept. Forró, a north-eastern happy dancing music style, has also become common nationwide. New urban styles include funk - name given to a dance music genre from Rio's favelas that mixes heavy electronic beats and often raunchy rapping - and techno-brega, a crowd-pleaser in northern states, that fuses romantic pop, dance music and caribbean rhythms.

The Brazilian people are very involved in sports. The most popular sport in Brazil is football(soccer). All of the leading players in the national teams are prominent in the football world, including Pele, Garrincha, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Romário, Ronaldinho, and Kaká in the men's game, and Marta in the women's game. The Brazilian national football team is ranked among the best in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings, and has won the World Cup tournament a record five times, and is the only team to succeed in qualifying for every FIFA World Cup competition ever held. There also hosted the 1950 and 2014 World Cups, becoming the only country in South America to have hosted two World Cups (Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile being the other former hosts). Some sport variations have their origins in Brazil: beach football, futsal (indoor football) and footvolley emerged in Brazil as variations of football. Other than football, sports like mixed martial arts, basketball, and motorsports, especially Formula One has a high level of popularity.