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2812, 2012

Best of Bossa nova in 2012

A Review of the best in the world of bossa nova in 2012

2012, marks the first year of our existence but it also marks an important year in bossa nova music.We celebrated 50 years since the writing of the, “Girl from Ipanema” and also celebrated the golden Jubilee of Charlie Byrd’s and Stan Getz classic, “Jazz Samba.” In this article I will recap the year in bossa nova and also the year for Bnovamusic, featuring some of our most interesting stories.


2812, 2012

Exclusive Interview with Veronneau

Our exclusive interview with Veronneau.
Veronneau, has enjoyed a remarkable 2012. Their sophomore album the, “Jazz Samba Project,” was successful, receiving praise from various publications and  was our favorite release of 2012.  As the year comes to an end we interviewed the band to find out about their latest work, what the future has in store and more.


2612, 2012

Stevie Wonder and Gilberto Gil share the stage in Rio

On Christmas eve on the Copacabana Beach Stevie Wonder and Gilberto Gil delighted hundreds of thousands as they performed together in Rio de Janeiro.  Stevie Wonder amused fans first by speaking in  Portuguese and then later by performing his own rendition of  the bossa nova classic Girl from Ipanema. […]

2512, 2012

Have a Bossa Christmas

We here at bnovamusic would like to wish you and your loved ones a Bossa Christmas and a happy nova year. Our selection: Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – The Christmas song. […]

2412, 2012

Helô Pinheiro: The Girl from Ipanema

Perhaps no person has enjoyed such a widely known and celebrated song dedicated to them than Helô Pinheiro. One day at a bar in Rio de Janeiro, lyricist Vinicius De Moraes and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim witnessed Pinheiro walking down the fashionable Ipanema strip. The event was to change their lives and the music world forever. Her beauty and alluring gait inspired the song “The girl from Ipanema,” which would go on to be one of the most successful and influential songs of the 20th century. […]

2312, 2012

Enter the Sandman in bossa nova style

Musical performances at weddings, generally tend to follow a prescribed Modus operandi. Music is usually soft and romantic. A fitting mood to such a cherished and intimate event in one’s life. Love songs from names such as Celine Dion, Tony Bennett and Nat king Cole are the expected standard. With this in mind it is very understandable that a band’s decision to play a Metallica classic, “Enter the Sandman” at a Wedding would catch the world by surprised. […]

2212, 2012

Sitti Navarro reveals her top 5

The Philippine “Queen of bossa nova,” Sitti Navarro, has had an active 2012 but 2013 promises to be even more eventful. A move to a new label , will bring with it a new album and a new artistic direction. Prior to this new dawn in her career she has sat down to reflect on her career to this point in an interview published on her official site. […]

2012, 2012

Lani Hall: The voice of Brasil 66′

Singer Lani Hall had one of the most unique voices of her time and she used it in more than one capacity.

From the 1970’s and onwards, Lani Hall was a solo artist with a string of albums and singles but for bossa nova fans, she will always be remembered as the original voice of Sergio Mendes’ “Brasil ’66.” A chance meeting with Sergio Mendes during a performance in 1966 was the start of a successful but short-lived collaboration. […]

1912, 2012

Bossa Nova Breakfast presents Sounds of the Season

One of our favourite bossa nova radio stations, Bossa Nova Breakfast, has recently launched a Christmas special entitled “Sounds of the Season.” During the holiday season they will play a selection of christmas carols and specials performed by prominent bossa nova artists. […]

612, 2012

Vinícius de Moraes’ tribute to Oscar Niemeyer

On December 5th 2012, Brazilian architectural great, Oscar Niemeyer passed away at age 104. A cultural icon, Niemeyer was widely regarded as one of the best architects of the modern era, masterminding a number of technical and aesthetic feats. A little known fact is that he was a close friend of bossa nova legend and lyricist Vinicius De Moraes, for who he designed the set for “Orpheus of Conceição.” Vinicius himself saw it fit to write about his close friend and fortunately it survives today and was fully translated by “Arch daily.” Below are a few excerpts. […]