A French virtuoso violinist in Rio

15 May 2014

Jean Luc Ponty

images (3)Born in Avranches, France. into a family of classical musicians. Learnt violin with his father  and piano with his mother. He had chosen to dedicate himself to the violin and to the Jazz music because he viewed the instrument as having a legitimate place in the modern jazz vocabulary.

Since Ponty ‘s start, the jazz violin has been a different instrument and through the late 60s and early 70s, Ponty achieved mounting critical praise and popularity across Europe.

He has an extensive and successful discography of about 37 solo records and about 23 records with musicians and composer as Frank Zappa, Stéphane Grappelli, Stanley Clarck & Al Di Meola, Mahavishny Orchestra, Elton John , Chick Korea and many other great musicians.Ponty_043-AZ

This extraordinary violinist will be in Rio de Janeiro on June 6th for 2 shows that will happen at Miranda, located at Espaço Lagoon at Av. Borges de Medeiros, 1424- 2nd floor.



May 13th – 126 Years of Freedom

12 May 2014

The Aurea Law – May 13th, 1888

images (2)On May 13th, we are celebrating 126 years that our slaves were set free. What happen during this time? Lets understand a little about this event.

At the time the Portuguese began the colonization of Brazi , there was no labor hands to perform manual labor. Thus they sought to use Indian labor in plantations; however, that slavery could not be carried forward because the religious put themselves in defense of the Indians condemning their slavery. Then , the Portuguese began to do the same as other Europeans of that time. They were in search of blacks in Africa to submit them to slavery in their colony. This way started  the entry of slaves in Brazil.

Blacks brought from the African continent were transported in the holds of slave ships. Due to the bad conditions of such transportation, many died during the trip. After landing they were bought by farmers and planters, who treated  them with cruelty and inhumanely.

Although this practice was considered “normal ” from the point of view of the majority, there were those who were against this type of abuse. They were the  abolitionists formed by a group of literary, religious, political and common people. However, this practice remained for nearly 300 years. The economy  was the reason  that kept slavery for so long. At that time, the country’s economy could count, only on the slave man power  to accomplish with the tasks of the  the coffee and sugar plantation  and others so heavy as these ones.  Reason why the arrangements to set the slaves free was taken so slowly.

images (3)From 1870, the South region of Brazil began to employ salaried Brazilian and foreign immigrants; in the North, the sugar cane plants have replaced the primitive devices, a fact that allowed the use of a smaller number of slaves.  In the main cities the desire for the beginning of the industries was very big. So, in order not to cause damages to the farm owners and under pressure from England,  the government gradually  started the process to set the slaves free. The first step was taken in 1850 with the abolition of the slave trade. Twenty years later, the Belly-Free law was declared. This law made free the children of slaves that  were brought forth from its promulgation .

In 1885,  the Sixties’  Law that benefited blacks with  more than 65 years was approved.  But  was on May 13, 1888  that  the Aurea Law finally achieved full freedom to the  blacks in Brazil. This law, signed by Princess Isabel, abolished slavery in Brazil once for all .download

After the abolition, life for the  black Brazilians remained very difficult  because the government did not take the necessary steps  to provide conditions for the ex – slaves to be integrated into the formal labor market with salaries .  The prejudice continued in many sectors of the Brazilian elite that opted to use  the European manpower  which greatly increased in Brazil after the abolition. Therefore, most blacks encountered great difficulties to get jobs and maintain a life with a minimal   necessary condition, especially  in housing and education .

Celebrating Mothers For Their Devotion And Love

10 May 2014

May 11th – Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a celebration that is meant to honour mothers and rejoice motherhood, maternal bonds and the power of mothers in the society  and around the world. So  we are here with our tribute and recognition to all the Mom’s in the world.images

by Anonymous

Mom’s smiles can brighten any moment,
Mom’s hugs put joy in all our days,
Mom’s love will stay with us forever
and touch our lives in precious ways…
The values you’ve taught,
the care you’ve given,
and the wonderful love you’ve shown,
have enriched our lives
in more ways than we can count.
We Love you Moms!


The best of the Cuban Music

6 May 2014


Omara Portuondo  


download (1)The Great Diva the of Cuban music, will bring  her repertoire of over 60 years in the music business to Brazil in August. Her show, “Black Magic Tour “ will be shown at Rio de Janeiro on August 28th in the Bradesco Theatre.

On her show, she will be interpreting the themes of her first album written in 1959, besides gathering successes of her career. On stage, Portuondo will be accompanied by a quartet of musicians, consisting of piano, bass, percussion and drums.

She was born in Havana in 1930. Omara has become a recognized ballerina of the  famous cabaret Tropicana when she was still a teenager.

With her ​​sister Haydee, who danced and sang, they become  part of the Los Loquibambas, a group that played Cuban versions ofimages bossa nova with touches of American jazz.

Both sisters joined the singing group Cuarteto d’Aida, formed and directed by pianist  Aida Diestro. The group had considerable success, touring the United States and  performing with Nat King Cole at theTropicana.  In 1959 Omara Portuondo recorded a solo album, Magia Negra, involving both jazz and Cuban music.

Haydee left the Cuarteto d’Aida and Omara continued singing with the quartet until 1967 when she embarked on a solo career  enjoying great success at home and abroad, with tours, albums, film roles, and her own television series.

She remains a popular fixture on the local music scene, singing regularly at the Tropicana  Club, the Delirio Habanen and the Cafe Cantante


Good Morning Vietnam !!

3 May 2014

Our Pilgrims

20140501_103818Again Royal Rio Suporte Executivo Ltda stands out in a differentiated service.

This time we received an unusual group of  Vietnamese pilgrims who are on pilgrimage in Latin America.20140501_105629

We were very proud because among the  incoming requests, we could  accomplish with  the most difficult of them that  was the celebration of a Mass for the group in the Chapel of Christ the Redeemer on the summit of  Corcovado Mountain.

Father Van Dinh was very thrilled with the privilege to say  a Mass for the group in their native language at the most emblematic monument of Rio de Janeiro and on the same spot where  Pope John Paul II prayed for the Carioca people some years ago .


20140501_110057At the end of the celebration the  harmonization among the nations could be noticed as other Catholic visitors from different countries came to participate in the Mass, even without understanding the language.

God bless  all the Nations!


To Marillion’s fans

2 May 2014

Neo-progressive rock in Rio


The British rock band Marillion was formed  in 1979.download

They are known as the most successful band to emerge from the 1980s neo-progressive rock scene having sold 15 million albums worldwide.

Their recorded studio output since 1982 is composed of seventeen albums generally regarded in two distinct eras, delineated by the departure of original front man Fish in late 1988, and the subsequent arrival of replacement Steve Hogarth  in early 1989. The band achieved eight Top Ten UK albums between 1983 and 1994, including a Number One album in 1985 with Misplaced Childhood, and during the period the band were fronted by Fish they scored eleven Top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart, including 1985’s “Kayleigh”, which reached No. 2 and became their biggest hit single. The first album released with Hogarth, 1989’s Seasons End, was another Top Ten hit.

Now, Marillion’s group  will be in Rio  for delight of their fans.  They will present their show “Greatest hits tour 2014”  on May 10th at Vivo Rio.


The Sounds of Rio



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