RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - This Thursday (9), Brazil's National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN) officially declared the music genre "forró" an immaterial heritage of the country. Considered a "supergenre" as it encompasses a myriad of other genres (from baião to xote), forró is one of Brazil's most popular and widely spread music cultures.
While the genre is most commonly associated with Northeastern Brazil (prestigious forró icons Luiz Gonzaga and Dominguinhos come from the region), top-notch forró artists, shows, and balls can easily be found in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Due to the . . .