The Brazilian Sound:
Exploring Brazilian Music

Welcome to the online supplement to The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil (Temple University Press), by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha is the leading guide in English to Brazilian music. Now in its 3rd edition, it has been translated into French, German, and Japanese. Kindle, Nook and Kobo ebook editions are now available, along with the print edition. Click here: The Brazilian Sound.

And, co-author Chris McGowan has a new collection of interviews with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Airto, Djavan, Gilberto Gil, Dori Caymmi, Sergio Mendes, Herbert Vianna, and many others: "The Brazilian Music Book." Coming soon on iPad and Kindle worldwide.

On this site, you can also read about the musicians and musical genres of Brazil, and explore our online music store, an affiliate (see below), where you will find Brazilian music CDs, books, DVDs, and instruments.

The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova, and the Popular Music of Brazil

The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa
Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil

"Here is an illustrated guide to the rich music of Brazil—its history, styles, performers, instruments, and impact on musicians around the globe. From the boisterous rhythms of samba to the cool elegance of bossa nova to the hot percussion of Bahian axé music."

Samba On Your Feet (The Documentary)

Brazilian Music and DVDs at

Samba, bossa nova, MPB, frevo, forró, choro, Brazilian jazz, maracatu, axé music, lambada, música sertaneja, and funk CDs, MP3s, DVDs, songbooks, musical instruments, and books.


Brazilian Music Archive

Descriptions, musings, notes, and blogs about the music of Brazil.This archive of recent and past writing is a supplement to the new, revised edition of our book The Brazilian Sound.

Coming Soon!

The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's Singers, Songwriters, and
Musicians Tell the Story of Bossa Nova, MPB, and Brazilian Jazz and Pop

y Chris McGowan
Coming soon on iPad and Kindle -- available worldwide
(a print version will also be available later this year)

The Brazilian Sound website is currently being renovated,
but these pages can still be accessed:


Brazilian Musical Map

Brazilian Music Discography & Videography


Find Brazilian Music on