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By Maíra Amorim, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – In a time of many crises in the music industry, one band has sold ten million albums in a ten-year career. They are 'Banda Calypso': a duo formed by the petite blonde Joelma Mendes and her husband Chimbinha. Self-taught artists, they have created one of the biggest musical phenomena of the past decade in Brazil.

Their music has roots in Caribbean Calypso. The duo add elements of other styles such as Brega, Forró and Zouk, among others.

The Brazilian version of the rhythm – and the group – was born in . . .

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