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RAW:China pianist Lang Lang performs Brazilian folk music for Rio Olympic Games

RAW: China pianist Lang Lang performs Brazilian folk music for Rio Olympic Games

On August 18, China pianist Lang Lang performed Brazilian folk music at the foot of the Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro for the ongoing 2016 Olympic Games in the city.

The 34-year-old pianist was on the third leg of his Latin American tour which still included Argentina and Chile, before kicking off a world tour in September.

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(Nat Sound: Lang Lang Performs)

(Soundbite) Lang Lang, China Pianist
“We all heard the famous Brazilian song, the Girl from Ipanema, at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio. Today, I invented something, and it seemed that the result was good. When I touched the ebony and ivory, a breeze came and I just got carried away. This inspired me to improvise something.”

(Nat Sound: Lang Lang Performs)

(Soundbite) Lang Lang, China Pianist
“I think this year our athletes had a hard time. The challenges were huge. They faced some problems like this and that, but they lived them through. I saw them making efforts to their uttermost. I hope they can do better in the next Olympics.”

(Nat Sound: Lang Lang Performs)

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