MPB, Musica Popular Brasileira, or Brazilian Popular Music, is an general umbrella term that includes within it a variety of musical genres, including bossa nova, samba, rock, folk, or anything Brazilian musicians might record that is accessible to a contemporary urban audience. The development of MPB begins probably with Chico Buarque’s often veiled musical critiques of the 1964-1985 military dictatorship, and Elis Regina’s gorgeous Como Nossos Pais. When the term MPB is heard, it usually conjures thoughts of artists the likes of Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Marisa Monte, etc., but it’s a designation that is wide-raging and open ended. Usually, it refers to music that has a level of sophistication beyond pop, with a direction and scope that is not merely focused on commercial success.

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