Song Reviews

Bossa Nova Song Reviews – Reviews of bossa nova songs from all over the world; new and old

3110, 2014

Samba Serena by Jesse Lepkoff

Samba Serena expresses a solemn message and feeling in a manner that seems uniquely appropriate.
Whistling is one of the oldest forms of sound production. It’s dynamism is boundless and can convey a vast range of emotions and feelings. Never-the-less in recent times it has come to be associated with a joyful or whimsical spirit. When one thinks of a serenade in honor of someone, the use of a whistle is not one of the first instruments that comes to mind. However, multi-instrumentalist Jesse Lepkoff manages to make a solemn tribute incorporating this element


2410, 2014

Till it Rains by Robert Sorita

Bossa Nova and the word “cool” are almost synonymous. In this respect, the song, aptly titled “Till It Rains” captures this key component of bossa nova both in execution and spirit. […]

1310, 2013

Royals Bossa Nova Remix

Royals Bossa Nova remix works well because the original was naturally compatible with the distinct percussion of bossa nova […]

2901, 2013

Laila Kinnunen: The Girl from Finland

Finish singer Laila Kinnunen performed bossa nova standards in her native tongue

In the 1950s and 1960s bossa nova was a craze spreading across the world. The popularity of the music also coincided with the rise of Laila Kinnunen’s career.  She got her break after winning a singing contest while still a teenager and would go on to be one of the most popular finish singers for much of the 60’s and 70’s. […]

2301, 2013

Kat Edmonson – Just Like Heaven (bossa version)

Kat Edmuson does a bossa nova remix to the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.”

Kat Edmonson is a singer-songwriter from Austin Texas.  Her first album, “Take to the sky,” was a self-funded project in which she performed covers of popular songs. One of the songs on the 2009 release was her interpretations of The Cure’s 80’s hit,”Just like Heaven.” […]

2001, 2013

Basia – Half a Minute

Basia is a polish singer and songwriter who has always relished in mixing pop and jazz with other styles. She was at it again in 1995 when she released the second single,”Half a Minute” from her album, “Basia on Broadway.”  […]

1401, 2013

Video: Moves Like Jagger (Bossa Version)

Marcela Mangabeira sings her bossa version of Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger.”
Anyone familiar with original song will remember the pulsating bass drum line and catchy whistle melody that doesn’t seem to leave the mind. In this bossa nova version by Marcela Mangabeira, the former is absent but the latter is re-worked as a flute. […]

1001, 2013

Girl from Ipanema – The rock Version

Combining bossa nova and rock seems to a be a new trend that is emerging.Only a few weeks after a bossa nova remix of Metallica’s ,”Enter the Sandman,” became a viral hit, another group has decided to mix the two genres. Rather than do a bossa nova version of a popular rock song, the Brazilian based rock group,”Ovelha Negra,” did a rock version of a bossa nova song. Unsurprisingly, they decided to re-do, the most popular bossa nova song of all, “Girl from Ipanema. […]

901, 2013

Video: Nova Collective – Quick Bossa

Original bossa nova from Ireland is something we haven’t quite heard before. Straight from Dublin, Nova Collective are group that specializes in their own unique flavor of bossa nova. The group’s latest video, “Quick Bossa,” has a simple concept and features every member performing in an empty area void of any items except the instruments. […]