Big Five Musical Hotspots

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If music be the food of love, play on – especially if it’s in one of these amazing music hotspots, from the barrios of Brazil to Austria’s most imposing fortress.



1.Salvador

Brazil >

The former colonial capital of Brazil, Salvador’s diverse roots have created indelible cultural influences and an African-Brazilian paradise for music lovers. Described as the Brazilian New Orleans, this is a city that celebrates carnival with infectious gusto: drum corps thunder out powerful beats against the backdrop crumbling colonial buildings, and at night the plazas and open spaces of the city come alive with capoeira, a martial art that fuses elements of acrobatics, music and dance. The Afro-Brazilian music and culture are deeply intertwined, so you may end up dancing the night away in a colonial era house or (more likely) in a street party: salsa, reggae, dance, forro, rock, samba, jazz, techno and MPB (Música Popular Brasileira, or Brazilian Popular Music) are all enjoyed nightly throughout the city.

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2.Buenos Aires

Argentina >

‘Strictly’ aside, you can’t help but be seduced by the powerful rhythms of tango. The world-famous music and dance genre originated from the immigrant populations of Argentina and Uruguay, before making its way from the brothels of Buenos Aires to Argentina’s social elite. Sensuous, powerful and passionate, tango has gathered strength over the centuries and continues to evolve today. Hit the cosmopolitan streets of Buenos Aires and you will no doubt hear the sounds of Neotango or ‘electro tango’ floating out of bars, cafes and of course the ubiquitous milongas (tango halls). At La Viruta you can take lessons, watch demonstrations and test your moves on the open dance floor. If you’re lacking confidence, then a couple of the house cocktails should do the trick.

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3.Austin, Texas

USA >

The self-dubbed Live Music Capital of the World doesn’t disappoint with more than 250 music venues dotted throughout its vibrant streets. Music is everywhere in Austin, with indie rock, country, gospel, folk, blues, and even acoustic hip-hop lending it a unique ‘Austin sound.’ Famed for its ultra-hip live music venues, such as Antone’s and Symphony Square, Austin attracts some of the world’s best artists. Mostly, however, you’ll find Austin musicians at clubs, coffeehouses, bars, and concert halls – not to mention at the airport or supermarket. South by Southwest and City Limits, held in March and October respectively, are two of the city’s biggest music festivals, attracting both big names and budding unsigned musicians. In March experience a melting pot of different scenes; the eclectic, passionate and fiercely patriotic crowd is made up of hipsters, rockers and of course, the obligatory country and western fans.

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4.Salzburg

Austria >

The birthplace of Mozart and the setting for The Sound of Music, the beautiful, baroque city of Salzburg is a classical music lover's paradise. Festung Hohensalzburg, the town's 900 year old medieval clifftop fortress, plays host to some of the world's most renowned ensembles and orchestras. With its opulent interiors and farreaching views over the city's spires, the Salzach River and mountains, it's one of the most atmospheric places to hear Mozart's work today. You can also enjoy sumptuous candlelit dinner concerts in the St Peter Stiftskeller restaurant, where Mozart is performed by the Amadeus Consort Ensemble, dressed in historic costume. Dating back to 803 AD, it is the oldest restaurant in Europe. Of course, if you are a fan of The Sound of Music, then you must take the official tour and visit all of your favourite sites from the movie.

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5.Jamaica

Caribbean >

Although a melting pot of different cultures, the sounds and rhythms of Jamaica are unmistakable. The uniqueness and creativity of its music scene was epitomised by the legendary Bob Marley, who took the sound of his generation and turned it into an anthem for freedom in the 60s and 70s. Today, reggae continues to thrive and influence genres the world over. Staged annually in Montego Bay in the third week of July, Sumfest is one of the best reggae festivals in the world, hosting the hottest names in Jamaican music past and present. Other sounds on the island include mento, ska, dub, rocksteady, jazz and dancehall.

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