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By Tony Maiella, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Few native English speakers have heard about Nina Becker, although many Brazilians know her name. She sings with the Zen-like calm of Marisa Monte and the zest of Feist. Using the grittiness of rock to counter the calm of bossa nova, Nina accomplishes what few independent artists can in Rio. She creates an original sound unburdened by the shackles of a genre.

This is quite a difficult task in the Marvelous City, especially when you consider that she landed a review in Rolling Stone for her latest award-winning double . . .

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