The year-old artist awakes at 8 a. Has a little breakfast. Arrives at the office by Wearing plaid pants, a green shirt with a red phoenix on it and a denim-and-camouflage hat, Almeida goes about his work with a nonchalant air as the party-crazed hordes outside press their noses to the glass and snap photos. It is good for him, it is good for me.
Near-naked queens at Rio carnival
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Rio was preparing to put on the climax to its Carnival celebrations: the extravagant and sensual parades famed the world over. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens and spectacularly imaginative floats trailed by thousands of extras, were to run Sunday and Monday nights before a stadium audience of 70 and a worldwide broadcast audience. In fact a competition, the two nights of parades are put on by Rio's top dozen samba schools, which have worked for months to ready shows costing up to five million dollars. The winning group, judged on choreography, music, dancing and creativity, is regarded as triumphantly as any champion football team. The whole contest itself reinforces the iconic image of Brazil as a sexy, multi-cultural society with a fervent party spirit. Ramaphosa slammed after suggesting that prisoners should do hard labour.
Meet the Famous Samba Dancers of Brazil's Carnival Parade
When Brazil's top TV station picked its latest dancer to cheerlead coverage of the upcoming Rio carnival, viewers were in for a shock: She was wearing clothes. TV Globo's dancer, known as Globeleza -- a mash-up of Globo and the Portuguese word for beauty -- is an annual institution. Always young, beautiful, black and skilled at samba, she wiggles her hips in a short, slickly produced clip interspersing carnival programming. Since her first appearance in , Globeleza has performed naked, other than high heels, sequins, a lick or two of shimmery paint -- and some years barely that.
The two-night extravaganza began in the Sambodromo, where 72, spectators sat in sweltering heat, with many thousands more milling around outside selling drinks, putting on costumes or simply soaking up the atmosphere. Three of the samba schools taking openly critical stands against the political and corruption crisis that has engulfed Latin America's biggest country over the last four years. Even by Brazil's deteriorating standards, Rio de Janeiro is in particularly deep financial trouble, while crime in many areas is out of control. Two children were among the dead in shootings last week and a policeman was reported Sunday to have been shot dead in a suburb - the 16th officer killed already this year.