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WorldTV is Big in Brasil/WorldTV é muito popular no Brasil

Posted by on Jun 30, 2009 in Featured Channels | 9 comments

Brazil FlagHere at WorldTV we love our music, we love Brasil and it would seem Brasil loves us. Now over 50,000 WorldTV channels have been created in Brasil- the most from any one country. Brasil has been one of our biggest countries since launch and Portuguese and Spanish were the first languages we added support for. To celebrate being Big in Brasil, we have selected a few popular Brasilian music channels for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Aqui na WorldTV nós amamos nossa música, nós amamos o Brasil e parece que o Brasil nos ama. Atualmente cerca de 50,000 canais de WorldTV foram criados no Brasil – mais do que em qualquer outro país. O Brasil tem sido um dos nossos maiores paises desde o começo e português e espanhol foram os primeiros idiomas que nós acrescentamos ao suporte do WorldTV. Para comemorar o quanto o Brasil tem sido Grande, nós selecionamos alguns canais de música brasileira para que vocês tenham o prazer de ver e ouvir.

Gilberto Gil – WorldTV.com/Gilberto_Gil

Gilberto Gil has been a key figure in the development of modern music in Brazil combining traditional samba sounds with his own style and wide ranging influences including The Beatles, Jimmy Hendrix, African & Jamaican Music, the list goes on..  Bizarrely exiled to London in 1970 by the Brazilian government with fellow musician Caetano Veloso, while there Gil performed with musical groups including Yes, Pink Floyd, and the Incredible String Band and was later inspired by working with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Fela Kuti. After a successful musical career Gil took Government office in January 2003 as Brazil’s new Minister of Culture.

Gilberto Gil tem sido uma figura chave no desenvolvimento da música moderna do Brasil, combinando sons do samba tradicional com seu próprio estilo e uma enorme gama de influências que incluem os Beatles, Jimmy Hendrix, Música Africana e Jamaicana, além de outros. Foi estranhamente exilado para Londres em 1970 pelo governo brasileiro com o companheiro músico Caetano Veloso. Enquanto morou lá, Gil tocou com grupos musicais, incluindo Yes, Pink Floyd e a incrível String Band e depois se inspirou ao trabalhar com gente como Stevie Wonder e Fela Kuti. Depois de uma carreira musical de sucesso Gil entrou para a chancelaria do governo em janeiro de 2003 como o novo Ministro da Cultura do Brasil.

Marisa Monte – WorldTV.com/Marisa_Monte

A classically trained opera singer Marisa Monte´s popularity really came to figure after the time she spent in Italy where she met producer Nelson Motta (then boyfriend) where her performer sound evolved into a mixture of Diva and Pop Rock . Much of her work has been in collaboration with other musicians/songwriters including Carlinhos Brown featured below.

A popularidade da cantora Marisa Monte que estudou ópera clássica realmente cresceu depois do período em que ela passou na Itália, onde conheceu o produtor Nelson Motta (seu namorado ). O som que ela executava evoluiu para uma mistura de Diva e Pop Rock. Muito do seu trabalho tem sido em colaboração com outros músicos/compositores, incluindo Carlinhos Brown, destacado abaixo.

Caetano Veloso – WorldTV.com/Caetano_Veloso

Heavily influenced by the bossa nova style of João Gilberto Caetano Veloso has been at the forefront of Brazilan music and with Gilberto Gil was a partly  responsible for developing Tropicalismo, a fusion of Brazilian pop, rock and  avant-garde music.  This musical movement that inexplicably resulted in Veloso and Gil spending several months in prison in 1969 afterwhich they were exiled to London.  Asked about his time there he says, “London felt dark, and I felt far away from myself.”  Errr yes, Brazil does tend to have more sunshine…

Muito influenciado pelo estilo da bossa nova de João Gilberto, Caetano Veloso tem estado na linha de frente da música brasileira e com Gilberto Gil foi responsável pelo desenvolvimento do Tropicalismo, uma fusão do pop brasileiro, rock e música de vanguarda. Esse movimento musical resultou inexplicavelmente na prisão de Veloso e Gil por vários meses em 1969, depois do que foram exilados para Londres. Perguntado sobre o tempo em que esteve lá, ele diz: “Londres era sombria e eu me sentia ausente de mim mesmo”. Errr sim, o Brasil costuma ter mais sol.

Carlinhos Brown – WorldTV.com/Carlinhos_Brown

Carlinho Brown became a percussionist from an early age with the mindful guidance of his parents.  After various collaborations in the 1980s he also cut his teeth in recording studios and began to collaborate with other artists and achieved success and international exposure as part of Caetano Veloso’s (above) band.  He was also the leader of the musical group Timbalada, a group of 100 percussionists and singers who recorded eight albums and toured various countries around the world.

Carlinhos Brown tornou-se um percussionista desde pequeno com a cuidadosa orientação de seus pais. Depois de várias colaborações nos anos 80, ele também ganhou experiência em estúdios de gravação e começou a colaborar com outros artistas e conquistou sucesso e projeção internacional como parte da banda de Caetano Veloso (acima). Ele foi também o líder do grupo musical Timbalada, um grupo de 100 percussionistas e cantores que gravou oito álbuns e percorreu vários paises do mundo.

Gilles Peterson -WorldTV.com/Gilles_Peterson

I know I know Gilles Peterson is NOT Brazilian.  However, if ever a man deserves plaudits for championing Brazilian Music in the UK then it is him.  From his early days as Talking Loud head honcho and more recently Brownswood Recordings and DJ on his weekly BBC Radio 1 show Worldwide Peterson has consistently acted as ambassador for Latin beats and his non native knowledge of their scene is second to none.

Eu sei, eu sei, Gilles Peterson NÃO é brasileiro. Entretanto, se algum homem merece aplausos por defender a Música Brasileira no Reino Unido, então ele é o próprio. Desde os primeiros dias como controlador chefe do Talking Loud e mais recentemente com o Brownswood Recordings e semanalmente como DJ no seu show Radio 1 Worldwide na BBC, Peterson tem atuado de forma constante como embaixador dos ritmos latinos e o seu conhecimento não-nativo do cenário é único.

Please feel free to suggest/recommend any other music channels on WorldTV that we have not reviewed yet @ reception@worldtv.com

Por favor sinta-se à vontade para sugerir/recomendar outros canais do WorldTV que nós ainda não examinamos em: reception@worldtv.com

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Ian Loveday (aka EON)

Posted by on Jun 29, 2009 in Featured Channels | 0 comments

Today on WorldTV we honour the life of a friend and music producer who sadly passed away on June 17th.

Ian Loveday was one of the pioneers of the UK house and techno scene, a DJ and music producer who is best known for his work as EON (Spice, Inner Mind, Fear is the Mindkiller) and his collaborations with S’Express, Bizarre Inc, Depthcharge and Peter ‘Baby’ Ford. He also recorded the sound effects that you hear on WorldTV when you use the live broadcasting / mobile phone video feature – it’s his voice put through a vocoder.

In honour of his life (his funeral is today) we’ve put together a channel featuring a selection of his work. There is also a discography, Myspace page, Facebook group and official website.

Ian was that rare breed of individual who you could reliably say there isn’t a person on the planet who would have a bad word to say about him. He was a genius, an innovator and an all round nice guy. He will be sadly missed.

Ian Loveday aka EON on WorldTV – worldtv.com/ianloveday

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Music is Good 4 U

Posted by on Feb 11, 2009 in Featured Channels, General News | 3 comments

As the world continues to slide into financial meltdown WorldTV is constantly working on providing our beloved Users with more FREE entertainment and today’s offering comes in the form of some musical medicine of yesteryear (in no particular order) to help ease the pain of those nasty red numbers…

Sinatra – WorldTV.com/Sinatra

Ol’ Blue Eyes was the leading crooner for many a moon which he flew us to on numerous occasions with his grainy silk wrapped voice and inimitable stage presence.  Sinatra also forged a career as an actor of some repute, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity and was also allegedly connected with some dubious Italian families..

Grace Jones – WorldTV.com/Grace_Jones

As we all know by now Grace Jones is no Shrinking Violet.  For 3 decades she has sustained her iconic status with her incredibly extrovert style, attitude and groundbreaking music and has just recently released her first artist album in 20 years “Hurricane“.  I’m a big fan and love her natural avoidance of the conventional and can even forgive her for the questionable acting performances in various 1980′s adverts and films (Conan the Barabrian being the best/worst). Check out some of the interviews in this channel for some vintage Grace Jones.

Bowie – WorldTV.com/Bowie

In the late 60′s & 70′s David Bowie’s musical output was consistently brilliant and his ability to continuously reinvent his stage persona as e.g. Ziggy Stardust and Thin White Duke (quite amazing really considering his drug fueled existence at that time).  Early albums included Space Oddity (1969), The Man Who Sold the World (1970), Hunky Dory (1971), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Young Americans (1975), Low (1977), “Heroes” (1977) to name but a few!!  Is he the greatest living Englishman of our time?

John Lennon – WorldTV.com/John_Lennon

The Beatles were (and still are) a global phenomenon and the writing partnership of John Lennon & Paul McCartney is considered to be one of the all time greats.  After The Beatles disbanded in 1970 Lennon went on to record his own material including arguably his most popular solo hit “Imagine”.  He also became a political voice and peace activist for a generation exposed to a gloomy war ridden world (sound familiar?).  Murdered in 1980 Lennon was voted eighth place in a 2002 BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.  Most people will always remember where they were when they heard of his murder…he is a legend indeed who will always be missed.

Also check out SmoothGrooversTV these guys really are awesome and their channel has been a favourite here at WorldTV for some time. Additionally, check out their homepage which offers all kinds of other jazz, soul and funk goodies.

In the not too distant future WorldTV plans to implement a new way to view channels by creating “Channel Categories” e.g. Music, Sport, Education etc.  You will also be able to add a personalised description to your own channel and to add the caegory tag of your choice.

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Toby’s Choice – Week 10

Posted by on Nov 17, 2008 in Featured Channels | 1 comment

1. Roger Federer – worldtv.com/roger_federer

The greatness of Roger Federer is hard to appreciate fully as he is still playing and has recently unimaginably become fallible with the might of Rafa Nadal causing tennis ranking upheaval.  However future historians will affectionately look back at Federer as one of, if not the all time Greats.  A true Gentleman and ambassador for the game who is still only 27 and is just one win away from equaling Pete Sampras’s previously thought unbeatable record of 14 Grand Slam titles in the Modern era.

2. Gooner News TV – worldtv.com/gooner_news_tv

In case you were unfamiliar with the term a Gooner refers to a fan of Arsenal Football Club hence the channel name.  Arsenal have consistently been a top flight Premier League football club for more than a decade under the meticulous care of Arsene Wenger whose brand of football is even popular among opposing team fans (myself included)

3. Ayrton Senna – worldtv.com/ayrtonsenna

I remember exactly where and what i was doing when i heard that Ayrton Senna had crashed and died.  Senna seemed like an elusive, sultry looking man and I used to love watching the aggressive style of his rubbing burning battles with Prost and Mansell, perhaps we were denied the only driver who could have challenged Schumacher in his early years., The yellow helmet is still revered and copied by the current king of the track Lewis Hamilton a self confessed fan of the late great Aytron Senna.

4. Diego Maradona – worldtv.com/diegomaradona

As an Englishman its hard not to have some distaste for Maradona after his Hand of God goal and possibly the greatest goal scored in the competition, all in one match against England in the 1986 World Cup.  However like Federer he remains arguably the best ever player to have graced his game and is quite literally worshiped in his home country Argentina.  Watching this channel you cannot help but be amazed at his ability, check his tricks out as he casually warms up before a game, unbelievable natural talent.

5. Boxing TV – worldtv.com/boxingtv

I remember boxing once being described as “a barbaric sport, but there is nothing more exhilarating to watch..” This channel is is full classic boxing encounters including a documentary series about the best of British fighters locked in the ancient art pugilism

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Alpine TV – http://worldtv.com/alpinetv

High altitude shenanigans from this Alpine based adrenalin laced channel.

Skateboard TV – worldtv.com/skateboard_tv

Four little wheels on a board, some skills and a lot of balls..

That’s it for this weeks sport tastic Toby’s Choice.  Happy channel building and don’t forget you can follow all WorldTV News using our RSS feed

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Toby’s Choice – Week 9

Posted by on Nov 2, 2008 in Featured Channels | Comments Off

Toby’s Choice this week enters the political sphere with a humorous look at some of the world’s most powerful politicians. With the seemingly endless campaigning almost over and the 2008 American Presidential Elections literally hours away…

Obama TV – worldtv.com/obamaTV

As a non-American, outside observer, Obama gets my vote (for what it’s worth).  I sincerely hope that if he does manage to reach the goal of his campaign and become president of the US of A, that he begins the process of “change” immediately as there is a fair amount of damage to undo. For a more factual look at Barack, check out History of Obama – worldtv.com/HistoryofObama

John McCain TV - worldtv.com/johnmccainTV

It seems to be that McCain is the man for those who lean towards preserving the status quo in the U.S.  A Vietnam veteran who exudes patriot America and is the popular choice for the ex Bush crowd. For a more serious take on Mr McCain, see History of McCain- worldtv.com/HistoryofMcCain


Sarah Palin TV
worldtv.com/SarahPalinTV

Will the real Sarah “The Hockey Mom” Palin please stand up!  Her packaged politics and robotic white toothed deliveries may prove to be a hindrance rather than help to the McCain campaign. Only time will tell. For a more factual look at Sarah, see History of Sarah Palin- worldtv.com/HistoryofSarahPalin

George Bush TVworldtv.com/georgebushtv


Regardless of your political persuasion I’m sure most of you will agree that GWB hasn’t been the ideal president of the most powerful country in the world, but boy does he provide a seemingly endless supply of hilarious video recorded ineptitude.  One of our oldest and most popular channels always delivers the belly laughs.

Sarkozy Superstar - worldtv.com/sarkozy_superstar

The French Head of State not surprisingly has a big smile with the power at his fingertips and a gorgeous ex model wife to boot.

Non mi piace Berlusconi – worldtv.com/non_mi_piace_berlusconi

The practically self appointed, football club owning “pure as the driven snow” president from Italy receives another transparent and impartial piece of political advice.


Any opinions expressed in this article are purely my own and are not necessarily shared by WorldTV.

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Toby’s Choice – Week 8

Posted by on Oct 5, 2008 in Featured Channels | 0 comments

1. Paul Newman – worldtv.com/paulnewman

The world without Paul Newman is an emptier place.  The screen legend epitomized “cool” for generations of film lovers but who according to those who knew him was a generous, caring and unpretentious man who shied away from the publicity of his global fame and instead used it on many occasions to help others. Survived by his wife of 50 years Paul Newman was a class act and a true gent.


2. Animes Streaming Net – worldtv.com/animes_streaming_.net

We came across this channel after seeing our super new WorldTV embeddable player on French Animation website animes-streaming.net The channel features a selection of Manga style cartoons in their original Japanese format but with French Subtitles for the more discerning french (or French speaking) animation aficionado.

3. Mr. Bean – worldtv.com/mr._bean

Hailing for the UK Mr Bean is a worldwide comedy phenomenon co written by and starring the inimitable Rowan Atkinson of Black Adder fame.  Harking back to an age of silent comedy the buffoonery of Bean manages to amuse millions, passing unnoticed through cultural boundaries with its simple laughter evoking formula. Mr Bean described by Atkinson is “a child in a grown man’s body”

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Karma Sutra – worldtv.com/kama_sutra

An informative instructional guide to the ancient Indian practice of Kama Sutra tastefully put together in a respectful and salubrious manner that avoids any cheap tricks..


Steve Reich – worldtv.com/steve_reich

For those with a love of more leftfield music check out this documentary and live recordings style channel dedicated the brilliant modern composer Steve Reich whose strange and wonderful manipulation of sound has enchanted my cerebral cortex for many moons.

As always you can contact me at tobyschoice@worldtv.com with your suggestions.

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