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By Contributing Reporter, Felicity Clarke

RIO DE JANEIRO - Outside the rain was pelted down relentlessly, but in the upstairs room at Cinemathéque in Botafogo last Monday night, rising samba star Márcio Local filled the packed space with the sunny soul funk sounds of his debut album, Mário Local Says Don Day Don Dree Don Don - Adventures in Samba Soul.

Together with a nine strong band including three percussionists and two brass players squeezed on . . .

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