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Drink and music at Mangue Seco restaurant and cachaçaria at Lapa district in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - musicians of the group "Cozinha Brasileira" playing choro and drinking cachaça. Choro, popularly called chorinho ("little cry" or "little lament"), is an instrumental Brazilian popular music genre which originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. Despite its name, the music often has a fast and happy rhythm. It is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation and subtle modulations, and is full of syncopation and counterpoint. Choro is considered the first characteristically Brazilian genre of urban popular music.