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807, 2013

Sitti Navarro is the latest victim of Salisi Gang

The Salisi Gang is the largest organized crime syndicate in the Philippines and there latest target was filipino bossa nova singer Sitti Navarro. […]

2506, 2013

Joao Gilberto wins Custody of his music

Joao Gilberto wins Custody of his music as the case between him and EMI Music  was ruled in his favor
Bossa nova, legend and founding father, Joao Gilberto celebrated his 82nd birthday this month and will have more to celebrate as he successfully navigated through a court case to reclaim a number of recorded tapes. The court case pitted Joao Gilberto against EMI Music for custody of tapes that contained previously recorded material by Gilberto. This includes famous works such as “Chega de Saudade”, “Love, Smile and Flower” and “Joao Gilberto.” […]

1106, 2013

Bim Bom

Though Chega de Saudade is widely considered the first recorded bossa nova song it is in fact, “Bim Bom” that was the first bossa nova song to be composed. Depite being written in 1956 it was not actually recoded until July 1958. This was the first classic from the brilliant mind of Joao Gilberto and, not for the last time, was inspired from something that he keenly observed one day. […]

306, 2013

La Santa Cecilia’s video for Ice El Hielo

La Santa Cecilia’s video for Ice  El Hielo is a moving depiction of a harsh reality faced by many immigrants in the United States

206, 2013

Bebel Gilberto in Rio available on Itunes

Bebel Gilberto in Rio, is a collection of live performances and is now available for the first time on the Itunes Store

2105, 2013

Rio 2 Teaser Released

The First Rio 2 Teaser features a familiar tune in the background and the same spontaneous light-heated humor […]

1004, 2013

Norman Gimbel

As a leading translator for bossa nova songs originally written in Portuguese Norman Gimbel, helped break the language barrier and contributed to the bossa nova boom in North America during the late 50’s and 60’s.
The melody had already been composed. Vinicius De Moraes provided the lyrics to the song. It was to be a big hit that would launch careers and change the face of jazz and popular music in America forever. At this time it was called “Garota de Ipanema.” […]

104, 2013

RIP Phil Ramone

Phil Ramone will be remembered as a legendary producer and sound engineer behind many of the most important records of the 20th century […]

2503, 2013

Album of the Week: Herb Alpert Presents – Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66’

Herb Alpert Presents “presented” to the world a unique group and sound that entertains and impresses in equal measure
At the young age of 25 Sergio Mendes was already an experienced musician in the burgeoning bossa nova movement. He had already paid his dues by playing in the night clubs during the 50’s and had already released a few albums. However, it was not until the release of “Herb Alpert Presents” that Sergio Mendes really solidified the sound and style that would characterize his musical career for decades. […]

1903, 2013

Desafinado (Off Key)

Desafinado: A clever composition based on a clever concept

It is a rarity for a musician to highlight a lack of musical ability as a source of inspiration. Ironically, this was the inspiration for one of the most popular bossa nova songs of all time, “Desafinado” (Off Key).  Remarkably, the background story behind the song is just as ridiculous as the subject matter. […]