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Original song from animated feature ‘Rio’ nominated for the 2012 Oscars

The blockbuster animated feature Rio, directed by Carlos Saldanha, got together some of biggest names from Brazil and the US to pen and perform the movie’s soundtrack. Nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category, the song Real in Rio, united two of Brazil’s most prolific songwriters; Sérgio Mendes, whose songs have charted international top ten lists in every decade since the 60’s – exemplified in his most recent success, a collaboration with The Black Eyed Peas – and Carlinhos Brown, perhaps the most noteworthy songwriter and cultural export from Bahia in the past 20 years, whose Timbalada movement brought international attention to a new genre of contemporary regional music from Bahia-a genre even Michael Jackson has used as a source of inspiration and collaboration. The soundtrack also includes Bebel Gilberto’s beautiful rendition of her uncle’s, Chico Buarque, Samba de Orly and a track performed by & Jamie Foxx.

Image credits: Jesse Eisenberg, Bebel Gilberto, Jamie Foxx, Rodrigo Santoro, Carlinhos Brown, Anne Hathaway, Sergio Mendes, Jermaine Clement, Taio Cruz, e Carlos Saldanha.

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