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Forro in the Dark: Optimistic and Celebratory

Forro in the Dark gets its name from the Forro, a type of dance and music that has been popular in northeastern Brazil for more than 100 years. The style's traditional incarnation involves a three-piece band with a bass-like drum called a zabumba, a triangle and an accordion. But Forro in the Dark doesn't conform to those limitations, instead taking the lively and emotional genre to new heights by drawing on influences ranging from Enrique Iglesias to Beck. The resulting music is optimistic and celebratory, occasionally instrumental and always compelling.

The band was born when frontman Mauro Refosco threw a birthday party and invited a few friends to play with him; soon, Forro in the Dark began a tradition of sold-out weekly performances. The Bonfires of Sao Joao followed, hitting stores in November.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.