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October 24, 1999 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, Sebastian Rotella is The Times' Buenos Aires bureau chief
One night about five years ago, legendary Brazilian singer-composer Caetano Veloso attended a dress rehearsal of a theater group in his native city of Salvador de Bahia. One of the actors was a stout, young black woman who had no lines and moved solemnly and ponderously about the stage. Near the end of the performance, the main character died, and the woman stood over him and sang a dirge in Latin.
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October 25, 2003 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
On a cooling Thursday night, at Santa Monica's Temple Bar before a crowd murmuring mostly in Portuguese, Virginia Rodrigues works her charms -- those of the incantatory variety. Backed just by cello, guitar, spare percussion and the whisper of woodwinds, hers is a timeless, undistilled voice, and so this tiny, jasmine-scented room could very well have been in Salvador de Bahia's old square, Pelourinho, or West Africa; could have been 40 years ago, or 300 -- or perhaps 10 years in the future.
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October 25, 2003 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
On a cooling Thursday night, at Santa Monica's Temple Bar before a crowd murmuring mostly in Portuguese, Virginia Rodrigues works her charms -- those of the incantatory variety. Backed just by cello, guitar, spare percussion and the whisper of woodwinds, hers is a timeless, undistilled voice, and so this tiny, jasmine-scented room could very well have been in Salvador de Bahia's old square, Pelourinho, or West Africa; could have been 40 years ago, or 300 -- or perhaps 10 years in the future.
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October 24, 1999 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, Sebastian Rotella is The Times' Buenos Aires bureau chief
One night about five years ago, legendary Brazilian singer-composer Caetano Veloso attended a dress rehearsal of a theater group in his native city of Salvador de Bahia. One of the actors was a stout, young black woman who had no lines and moved solemnly and ponderously about the stage. Near the end of the performance, the main character died, and the woman stood over him and sang a dirge in Latin.
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September 6, 2001
"Beverly Hills Collects," an exhibition of contemporary artworks borrowed from local collections, inaugurates the Beverly Hills Municipal Gallery at City Hall. Paintings, drawings and sculptures by Magdelena Abakanowicz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, James Doolin and Alexis Smith, among many other artists, appear in thematic groups representing everyday life, popular culture, spiritual aspiration, artistic processes and commentary on the human condition.
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October 29, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There's nothing quite like the voice of Brazil's Virginia Rodrigues. Filled with dark, rich timbres, it ranges from a masculine-sounding countertenor to the lower limits of a powerful lyric soprano. It's a voice that attracted the attention of legendary singer-composer Caetano Veloso (who was artistic director of Rodrigues' first album), and a voice that has brought attention to Rodrigues as a potential world music diva.
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September 11, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Leave it to an old pro to save the day. When the colorful Chico Cesar canceled his appearance in Sunday's "Beat of Brazil" concert at the Hollywood Bowl, the entertainment burden rested squarely on singer Virginia Rodrigues and Sergio Mendes' Brasil 2001. Initially, that didn't seem like such a bad development. Rodrigues has been highly praised, and Mendes can always be counted on to deliver an engaging set. But the prospects darkened considerably with Rodrigues' appearance.
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January 30, 1999 | FRANK TORREZ
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May 13, 1999 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UCLA Performing Arts has announced its 1999-2000 season, once again featuring an eclectic mix of music, dance, film and live performance. The season kicks off on Sept. 16 with Grammy Award-winning singer Bobby McFerrin.
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October 9, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What's hot and what's not in world music? If you believe the Billboard magazine charts, the most popular world music recordings are Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli's "Romanza," Canadian singer-composer Loreena McKennitt's "Book of Secrets" and "Buena Vista Social Club" by Ry Cooder and a band of veteran Cuban musicians. How popular? The Bocelli recording has been No. 1 for 26 consecutive weeks, and all three CDs have been on the world music chart for more than a year.
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September 8, 2001 | Elaine Dutka
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December 4, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With the holidays rapidly approaching, it's time to take a look at some of the gift choices for the world music fans on your list. And once again, there's a lot from which to choose. 1998 saw a great proliferation in the variety of product, which is arriving from every corner of the globe. Recordings: "Global Voices: A Vox Set" (Music of the World) is a three-CD box surveying vocal music in the traditional, sacred and contemporary arenas.
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