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Gil's Café could steady Miami's Brazilian scene

As the second song fades, Santana introduces himself to the audience and warns that bossa nova and samba are but the musical basics of Brazil. "We have many different rhythms," he explains, including afoxe, the Afro-Brazilian carnival beat from Bahia that Santana incorporates into his own music.

Gil Santos and Cezar Santana and some sips and sounds from Rio
Steve Satterwhite
Gil Santos and Cezar Santana and some sips and sounds from Rio

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Saturdays. No cover. Call 305-867-0779.
Gil's Café, 216 71st St, Miami Beach

Back to bossa nova, Santos loosens up, abandons the congas and dances cheek to cheek with a woman in the audience. A blond Cuban at the bar who has recently traveled to Rio wiggles her hips on her barstool. Next to her a man from São Paulo remarks that Brazil's music raises his spirit, along with the hairs on his arms.

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