"Aquarela do Brasil"
("Watercolor of Brazil"
), also known in English
-speaking countries simply as "Brazil"
, is one of the most popular Brazilian songs of all time, written by Ary Barroso
on a pluvious night in 1939. It was first recorded by Aracy Cortes
later that year. This song marked the creation of a new genre, the samba-exaltação
), which was looked upon favorably by the nationalist dictatorship
of Getúlio Vargas
. Some people have suggested that the composer was kowtowing
to the Vargas regime. Although the Barroso family strongly denies it, Ary Barroso is known to have written at least one anti-fascist song, "Salada Mixta," recorded by Carmen Miranda
in October 1938. The song has been successful through the years and has been played in many different styles, from a cappella
Usage in popular culture
- Ary Barroso, Giant of Brazilian Song
- Original lyrics, ibid.
- English and Spanish translations of the lyrics, ibid.
- The Political Side of Ary Barroso by Daniella Thompson