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. […]

2701, 2013

Katheryn Winnick & Charlie Sheen sing Aguas de Marco

Hollywood Star Charlie Sheen & Katheryn Winnick perform bossa nova classic for movie soundtrack

This has been an interesting week in the world of bossa nova. As we observed the birthday of the legendary pioneer and composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim, two of his classics were sung by big names in popular culture. First, Andrea Bocelli and Nelly Furtado teamed up for their version of, “Corcovado” and then we received a surprise when we were informed that actor Charlie Sheen and actress Katheryn Winnick recorded a version of Aguas de Marco for the soundtrack of their latest film, “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.” […]

2601, 2013

Album of the week – A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness – Astrud GIlberto & Walter Wanderly

At the time of the release of ,”A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness,” Astrud Gilberto was already one of the leading artists in bossa nova, especially for North American audiences. She had already worked with big names such as husband Joao Gilberto, Stan Getz and Antonio Carlos Jobim. This album was unique in that it saw her collaborate with a certain organist. His name was Walter Wanderly. […]

2501, 2013

Andrea Bocelli & Nelly Furtado perform Corcovado

Andrea Bocelli collaborates with Nelly Furtado for Corcovado duet.

Andrea Bocelli, the famed Italian singer, will be releasing his latest album, “Passione,” on the 29th of January. For this, his 13th studio album,  he collaborated with big names in American pop music who still have managed to maintain a Latin flavour in their style; namely Jenifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado. With the latter Bocelli performed a duet of the Antonio Carlos Jobim classic, “Corcovado.” […]

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.” […]

2201, 2013

Commemorative page for Jobim

This Friday, The Institute of Antonio Carlos Jobim in honor of what would have been the great composers 86th birthday (January 25th) will make active a web page dedicated to the celebrated musician. […]

2201, 2013

Fabiana Passoni releases Dim the lights

Fabiana Passoni’s latest EP “Dim The Lights” features hits from the 70s.

Fabiana Passoni, is a Brazilian singer, who currently reside in Los Angeles, United States. She has received acclaim for her music throughout her career; most recently being nominated for two International Brazilian Press Awards in the categories of best CD and best female singer. Her style is one that appeals to both north and south American audience and she brings both influences together in her latest work. […]

2101, 2013

Andrea Bocelli sings bossa nova on latest album

Andea Bocelli’s latest album, “Passione” features bossa nova songs on its track listing.
The acclaimed Italian musician, Andrea Bocelli, will be releasing his latest album, “Passione.” It will feature notable names in American pop music such as Jenifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado and will be produced by David Foster. […]

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.”  […]

1901, 2013

Album of the Week: Disney Adventures in Bossa Nova

Much like bossa nova, Disney is another creation of the 20 century that has had far-reaching cultural implications and would become known across the world. The title for this album seems quite apt as Disney were embarking on uncharted territory. The decision to gather Brazil’s greatest artists and have them sing their versions of Disney classics in the style of bossa nova was certainly an unusual and daring one. […]