Brazil leads the way at Sao Paulo Fashion Week

Sao Paulo Fashion Week is widely regarded as the "fifth" fashion week, after New York, Paris, Milan and London, and it's an event where the issue of non-white models has been tackled head-on.

Johnny Alf: Singer and pianist hailed as 'the real father of bossa nova'

Although he never achieved the same fame or wealth as many of his colleagues, the singer, pianist and composer Johnny Alf was belatedly recognised as a seminal influence on the formulation of bossa nova. During a career spanning nearly six decades, he recorded only nine albums, but contributed to 46. The Brazilian journalist Ruy Castro, author of the book Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music that Seduced the World (1990) described him as "the real father of bossa nova".

Brazil: Sun, saints and spirits in Bahia

South America and West Africa are separated by thousands of miles of the Atlantic Ocean – yet remain united by the ancient traditions still celebrated in Brazil's vast coastal state of Bahia

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Twenty-seven-year-old Ludo, who was born Ludwig Aparecido dos Santos, works for a communications company high above the city of Sao Paulo. Real communication, though, is more mysterious and complex than any corporation can master, especially communication across the gulf between rich and poor that exists in such a place.

Chelsea star Deco wants move to Brazil

Chelsea midfielder Deco has revealed he hopes to leave the club this summer and return to his native Brazil.

Brazilian great Ronaldo announces retirement

Former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan striker Ronaldo has announced he will retire from football at the end of next year.

Mancini leaves door open for Robinho return

Roberto Mancini declared yesterday that Robinho could regalvanise his Manchester City career on loan back in Brazil, as the Sao Paulo club vied with Santos for his services.

Carlos reunited with Ronaldo at Corinthians

Former Real Madrid and Brazil team mates Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos will play together again for Corinthians next year after the defender said yesterday he had signed for the Sao Paulo-based club.

The city that went to war on advertising

Sao Paulo has banned billboards, and residents are using a hotline set up by the Mayor to report any and all offenders

Shantytown dwellers flee blaze

An intense fire broke out in a slum in South America's largest city, sending local people running across rooftops to escape the flames.

Bishop accused over billions of donations

The founder of one of Brazil's biggest evangelical churches siphoned off billions of dollars in donations from his mostly poor followers to buy jewelry, TV stations and other businesses for himself, authorities charged.

Maicon confident of new Inter deal

Inter Milan right-back Maicon plans to remain at the San Siro - as long as he is given an improved contract.

Rio declares three days of mourning

The "marvellous" city, as Rio de Janeiro likes to be known, was a city grieving last night. Anguished friends and relatives gathered at Terminal 2 of Rio's international airport, awaiting news. The Mayor, Eduardo Paes, was among those who lost friends. "I don't think that there's any hope left really for any of us who are waiting here for news," he said.

Brazil's door is open for Ronaldo says Dunga

Brazil coach Dunga praised Ronaldo's progress in his latest comeback and said on Thursday the national team door was open for the 32-year-old striker.

Corinthians baffled by Tevez talk

Corinthians have ruled out the possibility of signing Manchester United forward Carlos Tevez.

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