1. It’s all samba.
Samba is awesome. It truly is. But it’s not the only kind of music you’ll find in Brazil.
Chorinho, the Brazilian answer to jazz, is something to behold. And world famous Bossa Nova is Brazilian too. The music from countryside Violeiros is a sort of local, traditional blues, often sad and moving. And don’t even get me started on the musical traditions of the Northern coast like maracatu and frevo.
And then there’s the modern sounds from the past two or three decades, like Rio funk, tecnobrega or arrocha. Of course, gringo pop stars find their way here too, but Brazilians dig their music and get wildly creative about it.