If you plan on moving abroad, be prepared to answer lots of questions about your home country. When I lived in the USA, for example, people would ask me all the time what was the traditional Brazilian food and how big the Amazon is. I was asked these so many times that I almost believed those were the standard questions for Brazilians.
But after I moved to Panama I found out there are other questions. The new script, at least for almost every Uber drive, seems to be a bit different. As soon as they find out I’m Brazilian the ask: so, how do you like soccer? Hm, not much actually. This piece of information is enough to get them really confused. Like: how can a Brazilian not like soccer? So they proceed:
Now, what about samba? You enjoy samba, right?
Just picture how disappointed they get when I tell them I also know almost nothing about samba. I can’t even dance – but that might be just too much. In fact, they all get so shocked that they usually ask me again if I’m sure I’m Brazilian.
That’s usually when I explain that just the cit of São Paulo has more than 11 million people and Brazil is a HUGE country, with a variety of cultures, music, sports and food too.
Let’s just forget about people who doubt my nationality based on my lack of dancing skills. These situations got me thinking about the many Brazilian musical styles besides samba and I came to the conclusion there are endless great options. I’ll confess that I know little about Brazilian music scene, but I’ve put some songs together in order to 1. show people we have more than just samba and 2. just for a moment, feel closer to home.
You just have to follow the playlist on Spotify or just hit play and enjoy 🙂
Suggestions are always welcome!
Cover photo credit: Vanessa Bumbeers