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2410, 2012

Minas pay homage to Getz Gilberto

The duo known as “Minas”  comprises of both a Brazilian musician and an American as well. This seems particularly appropriate as together the two have tried to provide a bridge between Brazil and music through their performances of Brazilian music; a feat they seemed to have accomplished. Over the last few decades they have successfully established themselves as one of the most sought after Brazilian musical acts by American audiences.


2010, 2012

Album of the Week: Joao- Joao Gilberto

In 1991 Joao Gilberto commemorated a glittering career with the release of “Joao.”  After years of not releasing original compositions, this album stands out as his only work in that category for the entire decade. Undoubtedly, it stands out for much more as well. […]

1710, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Três Valetes e uma Dama

Três Valetes e uma Dama is a group based in bossa nova’s motherland of Rio De Janeiro. The quartet consists of Mariana Mello (Drums and Vocals), Pedro Rodriguez (Percussion and Vocals), Diego Moreira (Guitar and Vocals) and Thiago Gama (Cavaco and Mandolin). […]

1510, 2012

Tony Bennett: “Joao Gilberto is my favourite singer”

In a recent interview with “Veja”  veteran American singer, Tony Bennett declared that, of all the singers he had worked with and heard in his long career, the bossa nova great was his favorite.

“He is my favorite singer in the whole world. have already invited him to record a song with me many times but he is a very busy person … Now it seems that it will work (out) though. We agreed to meet in Rio this November.” […]

1310, 2012

Album of the Week: Big Band Bossa Nova – Quincy Jones

The 60’s was a golden decade for bossa nova and Quincy Jones. For both, it brought an increased mainstream prominence amongst North American audiences (and by extension global audiences). Released in 1964, “Big Band Bossa Nova” brought both together for the first time.

Of course this was not an entirely unique endeavor  Several American acts had already experimented with this new sensation. However, what separates this album from the others is the musical direction taken. As the name suggests this is a big band ensemble performing bossa nova compositions. […]

1110, 2012

Exclusive Interview: Tangerines & Elephants

Tangerines and Elephants are a band based in Curitiba, Brazil that specialize in a unique brand of alternative rock. Earlier this year we featured their track, “Bunch of Grapes” which blended an English rock sound with bossa nova elements. The song was popular with readers and when we heard they were going to be performing the song live in Brazil (along with others) we felt it an ideal opportunity to sit down with them and ask about the band and its ties with bossa nova. […]

1010, 2012

Bleach Anime – Going Home (Bossa Nova Remix)

Today we feature an interesting bossa nova “remix” of a song entitled “Going Home” off the Original Soundtrack of the popular anime, “Bleach.”  […]

810, 2012

Gangnam Style (Bossa Nova Remix)

Gangnam Style is the lead single off Korean rapper’s Psy’s sixth studio album PSY’s Best 6th Part 1. Released on July 15th 2012, the song has been an international hit achieving remarkable commercial success. […]

710, 2012

Marcos Valle performs “Viva Bossa Nova” In Russia

In late September a concert entitled “Viva Bossa Nova”  took place in Russia  and was attended by several foreign ministers and ambassadors.  Bossa nova singer Marcos Valle was the main performer for the night and  days after the performance found time to participate in an interview with, “Gazeta Russa” for an interview. Among other things discussed in the brief interview, Valle reveals his belief on the factors behind his continued popularity: […]

710, 2012

2013 Vinicius de Moraes commemorative stamps

Vinicius de Moraes to be featured on postage stamps
National Philatelic Commission and the Ministry of Communications of Brazil have both agreed on some of the topics to be featured on commemorative postage stamps for 2013.  Alongside the staging of the Olympics and World Cup, the centennial year of the birth of bossa nova pioneer, artists and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes has also been chosen to be featured. […]