Rodrigo Alarcon and Mariana Froes

Collaboration between Brazilian singers and musicians

Rodrigo Alarcon and Mariana Froes
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Today on Ecléctico you're listening to "15b" by Rodrigo Alarcon and Mariana Froes, a song released in 2020 by two indie pop singers, musicians, and songwriters from Brazil. "I love songs that are smooth and dreamy but also make you want to dance," says Thomas Plaatsman of Cultural Reads, our guest DJ today on Ecléctico. "With their soothing samba-like music style, Mariana and Rodrigo create exactly that vibe. If you need some sunshine on a cold winter day, just listen to '15b'."

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Rodrigo Alarcon and Mariana Froes

Go deeper with this excerpt from and a link to an article about Brazilian music by Thomas Plaatsman on Cultural Reads:

It’s easy to find out about Brazil’s most famous artists, but more difficult to find newer, less famous ones. I, therefore, decided to add two young and promising artists: Mariana Froes & Rodrigo Alarcon.

Rodrigo is a 28-year-old (at the time of writing) artist from Sao Paolo. He likes to experiment with different Brazilian music styles that he mixes into soothing samba-type songs. Mariana is an 18-year-old artist from Goiás who published her first singles in 2019. She quickly drew international attention from Mexico and Colombia and was mentioned by Rolling Stone Brazil as having a sensitive musicality with each new single.

The two artists have music styles that complement each other well.