England vs. Portugal
England has a great folk tradition, and lots of immigrant music. It's the home of dance bhangra and the Asian underground, fer heaven's sake. But Portugal has even more of a crossroads feel, with music from former colonies Angola and Cape Verde topping my list of aural goodies.
[mp3] England: Horace X "
[mp3] Portugal: General D, Funk'N Lata "
Brazil vs. France
Brazil is a musical as well as soccer (futbol) powerhouse. Playing for their side are Pele, Gilberto Gil, Ronaldinho, Rosa Passos, Emerson, Chico Cesar... The list seems endless. But France is no slouch. Politically France has struggled with the concept of immigration, but musically immigrants have blessed the nation with sounds from North Africa and beyond, as integrated in the sounds of Lo'Jo.
[mp3] Brazil: DJ Dolores "
[mp3] France: Lo'Jo "
And there's the opening whistle, and the competition is on...
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