1902, 2013

The Bossa of Keter Betts

Keter Betts played a hand in one of the most influential Bossa Albums
Though he will always be known mainly as a Jazz player, American double bassist Keter Betts (born William Thomas Betts) was a key player in the spread of bossa nova in America during the 1960s. […]

1602, 2013

Rio – The Birth Place of Bossa Nova

A look at one of the most beautiful and culturally rich locations on Earth, Rio – The home of bossa nova

Rio, the second largest city of Brazil, is a place of natural beauty, tolerance and a prevailing spirit of fun and calmness. In the 1950’s it was a hotbed for cultural and social creativity and trends. […]

1502, 2013


The Verve Record Label, more than any other of its kind, has been responsible for bring bossa nova to audiences in the United States.
Formed by jazz impresario Norman Granz in 1945, Verve Records, stands out as one of the world’s most prominent jazz labels and also one of the most important proponents of bossa nova across the world. […]

1502, 2013

Nat King Cole feat. Bebel Gilberto – Brazilian Love Song

Today marks the 93rd year since the birth of American jazz singer Nat King Cole, who died at the relatively young age of 45. His soft baritone voice is unlike any heard before or after him and his countless songs throughout his short but very celebrated career have provided a large number of classics.

1302, 2013

This Easter: Marco Esch – The Bossa Gospel

Bossa nova smooth and calming effect is one that could go well with a spiritual or religious message and that is exactly what Musician, Marco Esch is utilizing in his latest project "Bossa E Paz." Despite, enduring hardships, both financial and emotional, Esch has maintained a positive outlook on life and he certainly feels that a belief in God is central to this. With his latest album he hopes to spread "the word" in a format rarely attempted; bossa nova.

1202, 2013

The Girl from Ipanema honours Vinicius

As carnival in Brazil continues, so too do the tributes to Vinicius De Moraes. Throughout his career the musician and poet made several iconic works of art and probably his most renowned work is "The Girl from Ipanema," which he wrote the original lyrics to.

1102, 2013

União da Ilha pays tribute to Vinicius

Carnival 2013 in Brazil's Rio state is in full swing. As mentioned the samba school União da Ilha do Governador has chosen the poet Vinicius de Moraes as their theme for this year in celebration of his hundredth year.

1102, 2013

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.” […]

1002, 2013

Far Out Bossa Nova

Although Bossa Nova’s origins are rooted in the beach culture and neighborhoods of Rio, the music has found a home in contemporary London on the Far Out Recordings Label. […]

1002, 2013

Rico Suave Bossa Nova by J DiIlla

Hip Hop producer J Dilla sampled bossa nova for a song
On this day 7 years ago hip hop producer J Dilla died at the age of 32. Throughout his career he worked with a number of prominent artists and is widely regarded as one of the best hip hop producers ever. On this track entitled “Rico Suave Bossa Nova” he samples elements of bossa nova. The Brazilian band “Azymuth,” would later do a cover of this track. […]