Brazil-born Israeli Provides Perfect Soundtrack to World Cup

Percussionist Joca Perpignan collaborated with writers in Rio, but then returned to Israel to record his superb new album, 'Manso Balanço.'

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Instead of pulling out the standard collection of samba hits, the people in charge of the World Cup TV broadcasts here should have played “Arrancada,” from “Manso Balan o” (meaning “smooth movement”), the new...