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Rebeca Vallim, a singer from Rio de Janiero, tells us about the exciting Brazilian music scene in London for our World in London project.

How long have you been living in London?
Almost six years now. What I really like about living in London is all the different cultures in one place.

Where have you performed in London?
All around London, including Guanabara, Ronnie Scott’s, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Favela Chic, Pizza on the Park, Rose Theatre Kingston, On Anon, Barbican and The Green Note.

I’ve also performed at different London festivals, like Thames Festival, Carnaval del Pueblo, Summer in Holborn and Bloomsbury Festival.

What is your favourite place to perform?
It’s really hard to say!  Probably the Southbank Centre as they’re very supportive of artists, and encourage and promote Brazilian music, like with Festival Brazil this summer. The audience are great too, people aren’t busy drinking or chatting – they come to appreciate the music.

What is the Brazilian music scene like in London?
The Brazilian music scene in London is very varied, with rhythms from North to South of Brazil. It’s exciting, there’s so much happening.

You can hear all kinds of Brazilian music in London: bossa-nova, samba, maracatu, forró, samba-rock, pop, country, chorinho, samba-reggae and others…

Where do you go to listen to Brazilian music in London?
The last places I’ve been to hear Brazilian music were Guanabara for a concert by Diogo Nogueira, a great sambista of the new generation; Royal Albert Hall to see Gilberto Gil, an icon of Brazilian music; and Koko to see the great singer Maria Rita.

I also recommend the Tia Maria restaurant in Vauxhall, which has live samba and choro every Thursday.

So where can we see you perform?
I perform in a number of different bands: Rebeca Vallim & Band, Mafua de Yaya, Viramundo, Umpatacum and Maracatudo Mafua.

My next gig is Brazilian Night at Ronnie Scott’s Bar, upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho, on 9 Dec from 8pm.

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Sugababes, La Roux and Pixie Lott at Fight Cervical Cancer in Style Gig Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:21:59 +0000 We hope lots of you managed to get your hands on free tickets to last night’s Fight Cervical Cancer in Style event at Koko.

We loved the Sugababe’s sexy set (new member Jade Ewen has the longest legs we’ve ever seen!); La Roux’s crazy multi-coloured suit; and Pixie Lott’s general adorableness.

And we were most humbled to see that, like us, Paloma Faith just couldn’t get a drink past the bouncer and into the viewing area. Not that she was very inconspicuous, dressed in a pirate hat with a large glittery P on it!

Music and showbiz aside, the event aimed to raise awareness of cervical cancer.

Visit to find out how to reduce the risk of cervical cancer, and to show your support for the campaign.

Were you at Koko last night? Who was your favourite act?

Check out all the highlights from the night below:

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