Archive for: December 2012

100 Years of Luiz Gonzaga!


Luiz Gonzaga do Nascimento (Exu, December 13, 1912 — Recife, August 2, 1989) was a very prominent Brazilian folk singer, songwriter, musician and poet.

Born in the countryside of Pernambuco (Northeastern Brazil), he is considered to be responsible for the promotion of northeastern music throughout the rest of the country. He is also known as the “king of baião” and “Gonzagão”.

Son of a peasant and accordion player, Gonzaga was attracted to the 8-bass accordion at a very early age, but at that time he used to accompany his father by playing the zabumba (type of bass drum) and singing at parties and religious celebrations. He left home in 1930 to join the army, and toured Brazil with an army band until 1939. Read more →

Solidarity Adventure in South America



Next 26th of December, the dentist Brazilian Gustavo Sebben embarks on a journey of 12,000 kilometers across South America after some adventure and outdoor sports, he plans to travel towards Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America, Argentina; Surf in Chile and visit places like Torres Del Paine and Ushuaia. But also while enjoying the holidays, he will also be helping children by providing education on oral hygiene and also even giving away toothbrushes for the pediatric population.

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Dom Pedro the biggest aqua marine


The largest gemstone aquamarine in the world, named Don Pedro and extracted in Minas Gerais in the 80s, was donated Thursday by a couple of Americans to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington and will be part of the display permanent institution.

The raw crystal, cut in the shape of obelisk was given to the museum by a couple from Florida. The piece weighs more than 2 kg and measuring 36 cm in height. “After passing through several hands and museums in Europe, was owned by the couple, with whom I made contact and we hit your donation to the museum so that everyone can admire this wonder so special,” he said in an interview with EFE curator of the exhibition, Jeffrey Post. Read more →