2012, 2012

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. […]

612, 2012

Vinícius de Moraes’ tribute to Oscar Niemeyer

On December 5th 2012, Brazilian architectural great, Oscar Niemeyer passed away at age 104. A cultural icon, Niemeyer was widely regarded as one of the best architects of the modern era, masterminding a number of technical and aesthetic feats. A little known fact is that he was a close friend of bossa nova legend and lyricist Vinicius De Moraes, for who he designed the set for “Orpheus of Conceição.” Vinicius himself saw it fit to write about his close friend and fortunately it survives today and was fully translated by “Arch daily.” Below are a few excerpts. […]

512, 2012

Soirée Bossa Nova – Tribute to Jobim

The singer, guitarist and percussionist Michael Lüssi presents his tribute to one of the music of the most important composers of bossa nova, Tom Jobim, this Friday, December 7th in the company of one of the great saxophonists of Quebec, David Bellemare.

The duo will also honor the essential album “Getz / Gilberto” . It remains one of the most influential albums of the 20th century and represents the sublime meeting of the singer and guitarist João Gilberto, the jazz giant Stan Getz and Jobim himself. […]

412, 2012

Chico: Artist and Time

A film directed by Miguel Faria Jr. , “Chico: Artist and Time” is a documentary that will examine the life and work of the great Brazilian song writer. The film will seek to draw parallels between Chico , his work and the progression of Brazilian society over the past half a century. The film will begin shooting next February and is expected to be released in 2014. […]

112, 2012

Album of the Week: Jazz Samba Project – Veronneau

Veronneau is defined by its originality and diversity. The band itself is comprised of musicians from different continents and they collectively specialize in a unique brand of pop and jazz with a focus on bossa nova.  The “Jazz Samba Project” is the product of their combined influences with a focus on paying tribute to the historical release from which the name of the album is derived. […]

2911, 2012

Happy Birthday Sitti Navarro

Happy Birthday to Sitti Navarro. The “Philippines’ queen of bossa nova” turns 28 today. […]