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By Greg Scruggs, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - “Cosa Nostra,” the first cut on Erlon Chaves’ 1978 LP Banda Veneno – Vol. 1, does not mince words about what constitutes Brazilian pride. Jorge Ben, Pelé, Copa do Mundo, Carnaval, cafezinho, Ipanema – they are all “coisa nossa,” our thing.

The phrase entered the Brazilian lexicon, especially when referring to Brazilian music, and is a more than appropriate name for Circo Voador’s new event, which debuts on Friday, April 15th with Dona Selma do Coco, Lia de Itamaracá, and DJ Dolores.

The Pernambuco takeover (all three acts hail from the northeastern . . .

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