Jogos Olímpicos (Olympics) show off Brazil

In 2016, Rio will host the Olympics. The city has been actively preparing for the games, undergoing both positive and negative changes.  However, many are concerned that Rio is behind the clock in their preparations. The IOC has even warned the Rio Olympic organizers that “time is ticking.” Hardly surprising, given that cariocas are not exactly known for being on time! 

Although they are a bit atrasado (delayed), Brazil has managed to produce some pretty alluring song and video for the Olympics. Such as this one:

That video is the official Olympic video for Rio. It is a perfect depiction of the Olympic theme: Viva Sua Paixão (Live your passion).

In addition to this enticing portrayal of Rio, the country has also produced an equally-riveting Olympic theme song and accompanying music video, titled, “Os Deuses do Olimpo Visitam o Rio de Janeiro” (“The gods of Olympus visit Rio de Janeiro”).  The lyrics talk about how the Olympic gods came to Rio, fell in love with the city, and then then never wanted to leave; the music video uses actors (such as my personal favorite, Rodrigo Santoro) to represent these gods.

Rodrigo Santoro in the music video “Os Deuses do Olimpo Visitam o Rio de Janeiro”

In terms of the melody, the song is of the most traditional (and typical) Brazilian genre: samba.  It is pretty much the complete opposite of the theme song that was chosen for the London Olympics.

Take a look at the music video here (and pay attention to the lyrics!):

I don’t know about you, but that video makes me want to hop on the next plane to Brazil and go samba dancing. And no, not just because my friend Rodrigo actually does look like a god. Both Olympic videos fully epitomize the vivacity and beauty that make up Brazil’s landscapes and its people. And for that, I think the Olympics would be worth the delay…

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