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World Cup inspires Brazilian songstress

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 01:30

Footwork and fluidity is the mark of Brazil when it comes to soccer and samba, but now it's also the inspiration for a new song by popular musician Daniela Mercury. Elly Park reports.

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It's an ode dedicated to soccer - this song by Brazilian singer Daniela Mercury is titled "Cheia de Graca", translating to "Full of Grace". It speaks of soccer, dance and love, which run together with rhythm and fluidity at the center of the Brazilian soul, the singer explains. SOUNDBITE: DANIELA MERCURY, SINGER, SAYING (Portuguese) "I believe that we play football the way we dance samba. In samba the beat is fluid. I perform abroad a lot and have seen most of the world. For example, in Germany the rhythm is hard on the beat. They go like this [she dances], like in electronic music. Here in Brazil it is the opposite [she does samba]. So it's inevitable that football players perform with this fluidity, controlling the tempo in their maneuvers." But the popular songstress also takes her queue from forro, the Brazilian folk music from the northeast. Forro is the music of the popular festival "Festa Junina", celebrated in June throughout the country, with the largest street parties taking place in World Cup host city Salvador. Visitors here are able to experience the beautiful synergy described in Mercury's lyrics, as soccer, music and dance collide in its streets.

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World Cup inspires Brazilian songstress

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 01:30