Goyte’s Somebody that I used to Know – Inspired by Luiz Bonfa

The Grammy awards have now all been given out and Belgian musician Goyte walked away with Record of the year for his super hit, “Somebody that I used to know.” This would have not come as a surprise to many as his song enjoyed remarkable critical and commercial success last year and was always a favorite. What may come as a surprise though, is the fact that his initial inspiration for the song came from Luiz Bonfa’s 1967 song “Seville” from his albums “Luiz Bonfa plays beautiful music.”

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Goyte in the music video for somebody that I used to know

One quick listen to the Bonfa song and one can see why Goyte would be captivated by the song.

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Luiz Bonfa

The melody in the intro is utilized in the chorus of the song and other aspects of the song provide the foundation for “Somebody that I used to know.” Apparently he came across it in a thrift shop in Australia. What a bargain.

 

 

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