|Genres||Calypso, brega, pop, carimbo, lambada, cumbia, gospel|
|Years active||1999 — Present|
Banda Calypso is a Brazilian musical duo, especially popular in Northern and Northeastern regions of the country. It was formed in the late 1990s by guitarist and producer Chimbinha and his singer/dancer wife Joelma Mendes da Silva.
The band is seen as a successful model of open business for pop culture. As the band produces their CDs (15 as of 2010) and their DVDs (5), not signing with any labels (national or international), they are able to sell them for fair prices. They are also credited with creating a new style of marketing in Brazil, especially among lower classes.
- Last.fm, music fan website, has short article on Banda Calypso
- Wired.com article, includes a reference to the band
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