Nicole Borger - Jewish Music and Culture in Brazil
Brazil was discovered by the Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral on April 22, 1500. The first Jews arrived with him: Mestre João, physician and astronomer of the Portuguese Crown, and Gaspar da Gama, interpreter and commanding officer of the ship that carried provisions for the expedition. Five hundred years later, this massive continental country, with a total population of around 250 million people, has a Jewish population of roughly 120,000. The Brazilian Jewish community and its cultural life over five centuries will be discussed by Sao Paulo’s Nicole Borger, a singer-songwriter and cultural organizer who serves as executive director of the Jewish Music Institute of Brazil and is founder/producer of Kleztival, Brazil’s only Jewish music festival.