“Sampa” a nick name for the city of São Paulo was a song originally written by Caetano Veloso in 1978. Joao Gilberto takes the relatively upbeat song and covers it in the bossa nova style , slowing the tempo and providing an arrangement of beautiful chords for the lyrics to flow over.

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Sao Paulo

The song is a contemplation on the city of São Paulo with Caetano putting his inner poet to work. This version is definitely  my preferred and it is a song that displays Joao Gilberto’s great ability as a musician.