Brazil's singing gauchos

Gaucho song festivals held in Brazil's southern most state of Rio Grande do Sul are colourful spectacles.

They are one of many activities that are part of a larger movement started to preserve and celebrate the culture and traditions of the Brazilian gauchos - the cowboys of the South American pampas.

Reporter Gwendolen von Einsiedel visited one such festival - and saw what the gaucho culture means to the people of modern southern Brazil.

All images subject to copyright. Audio and photography by Gwendolen von Einsiedel and Phil Clarke Hill.

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