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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. […]

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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. […]

1612, 2012

Joao to perform for the Pope

There are reports that Bossa Nova legend Joao Gilberto may perform for Pope Benedict XVI. If negotiations with the artiste are successful the performance would be a part of World Youth Day 2013 to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the 23rd to the 28th of July. Organized by the Catholic Church World Youth Day brings together young people from around the world regardless of religious convictions. […]

1212, 2012

Lisa Ono in Guangzhou

Bossa Nova starlet Lisa Ono is to perform at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Guangzhou, China on December 27th. Known as the “Bossa Nova Queen” she is set to entertain her Chinese audience with not only Bossa but various forms of music in her repertoire. […]

1212, 2012

Happy Birthday Frank

Today marks what would have been the 97th birthday of the great American singer Frank Sinatra. Known most notably for his work in swing and jazz he also partnered with Tom Jobim to form a collection of Bossa Nova hits. This culminated in the release of his 1967 album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim. Let his smooth tones live on through the ages. […]