Recently, Spotify, the digital music streaming service, released a list of the 30 most listened Brazilian artists outside Brazil. Unsurprisingly, the list contained prominent bossa nova artists such as founding fathers Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim in fourth and fifth respectively.
Bossa Nova is widely regarded as one of the best cultural exports Brazil has ever produced. Originating from Rio de Janeiro; the sound and spirit of bossa nova infected the hearts, minds and souls of music listeners across the world. The peak of this phenomena was the “bossa nova craze” of the late 50s and early 60s. During that period a number of bossa nova artists enjoyed great success in North America and elsewhere around the world. It was during this period that Getz/Gilberto won the Grammy for album of the year.
Since then bossa nova has not held such a prominent position in the fore-front of the consciousness of the public both within and Outside of Brazil. Never-the-less it’s status as one of Brazil’s most celebrated cultural forms lives on. From Australia to the Netherlands and beyond bossa nova is enjoyed by many.
Several artists born outside of Brazil have adapted the style, becoming world-renowned musicians in the process. This includes artists such as Filipino Sitti Navarro, Singaporean Olivia Ong and French group Nouvelle Vague. There are also Brazilian-born artist who are promoting their native country’s music outside of Brazil such as Fabiana Passoni who resides in California and Juliana Areias, the “bossa nova baby” based in Australia.
As long as the memory of past greats is preserved and modern day artists continue to proliferate the music abroad, bossa nova will continue to be one of the most listened forms of Brazilian music world wide.