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Interview with Paulo Ribeiro - E-Commerce in Brazil

On The 4 Hour Struggle

Paulo Ribeiro is a Brazilian entrepreneur, writer and avid reader. I have know him for a little over a year. In that time, he has become one of the most well-connected Brazilian bloggers; especially within the English-speaking blogging community. 

Many economists believe that, despite the worldwide recession, Brazil, the 5th most populated country in the world, is thriving.

American money has been pouring into the Brazilian E-Commerce Market:

-Quinstreet is a publicly traded educational lead company out of the US. They opened an office in Sao Paulo, Brazil

-Descomplica is Brazilan SAT type education provider that Peter Thiel invested in.

A Sip of Sherie

On Mapping Happenings

Picture sitting by the beach at the Coconut Bar in Maceio, Brazil, having a few caipirinhas and listening to the sweet sounds of a warm and alluring female vocalist deftly shifting from bossa novas and sambas in Portuguese to popular American jazz standards in English, with some of the best accompanists to be found. The aroma of Brazilian jasmine wafting by as you dreamily relax in the warm Atlantic breezes. You have to pinch yourself to be certain this is not a dream. Then reality hits. You are home, sitting in your favorite chair, listening to the CD, "10 degrees south", by San Francisco Bay area vocalist, Sherie Julianne.

This is Sherie Julianne's debut, independently produced by Sherie and released July 29 of this year on her Azul do Mar label. Marcos Silva, a native of Rio de Janeiro, is her collaborator, serving as pianist and arranger for the album. Other musicians include Mary Fettig on flute and saxophone, Scott Thompson on bass, Phil Thompson on drums, and Jeff Buenz on guitar. This talented collective of musicians create a delectable and sophisticated sound mix for the sagacious musical selections. All work together beautifully with Sherie's skillful vocals to enhance the enjoyment of the listener.

The Brazilian selections are not the typical bossa nova standards by Jobim, although he is represented by the song, "Bonita". Instead she digs deep into the Brazilian songbook to find lesser known but fascinating selections such as Joao Donato & Gilberto Gil's "Bananeira" (the opening number), Donato's "A Ra", Danilo Caymmi's "Brasil Nativo", Chico Pinheiro's "Encontro", Roberto Menescal's "O Barquinho", and "Maracatu, Nacao Do Amor" by Moacir Santos & Nei Lopes. More familiar standards include "So Many Stars" by Sergio Mendes and Alan & Marilyn Bergman, "Watch What Happens" by Michel Legrand, Jacques Denny & Norman Gimbel (from the film "Umbrellas of Cherbourg"), and the Burt Bacharach/Hal David number, "The Look of Love". Other selections include the relaxed-but-swingin' "O Pato" by Joao Gilberto, and Marcos Silva's "Painting".

I learned about Sherie Julianne via social media. I immediately checked out her website and decided to take a chance with her CD. Before I played it for the first time, I was not sure if the reviews I had read were hype or true. It only took the first few seconds of "Bananeira" for me to know the reviews were accurate. This is a delightful album, carefully crafted and exquisitely executed by masters at their craft. I am sure we have not heard the last of Sherie Julianne. I expect that she will continue to release more great music, and I hope to get the chance to see her perform live, if or when she comes to San Diego.

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