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IT WAS not quite on the scale of 1964, when 15,000 screaming fans greeted the Beatles at New York's Kennedy airport. But adolescent girls did bring one of London's main shopping streets to a standstill yesterday as they fought for a glimpse of Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin.

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Brazilian music suffered from the cliches of the Fifties. Now new styles of samba, jazz and even pop are being created out of old traditions. James Maycock sways to the beat.

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