27 August 2012

Sounds of The Bossa Nova | 12 Tunes to Know

Bossa Nova is a popular style of Brazilian music that is known to have developed in the 1950s and 1960s. It is described as a fusion of the samba and jazz music genres. I adore the bossa nova and Afro-Brazilian culture. Perhaps that's strong evidence of my Afropolitan traits. Here are twelve tunes you should know from the bossa nova genre. Click on the album covers to listen.

From left-right, top-down:
Manoa - Lisa Ono
Bim Bom - Chega de Saudade by Joao Gilberto
Sylvia Telles - Voce
Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
Pink Martini & Saori Yuki
Antonio Carlos Jobim: Wave
Sam Prekop
Bossa Nova Cha Cha - Luiz Bonfa
The Astrud Gilberto album
Let Me - Jill Scott (featuring Sergio Mendes)
The Girl from Ipanema - Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
Jazz Samba Encore! - Stan Getz & Luiz Bonfa
Tom Ze - Estuda
Oscar Peterson's version of Wave by Antonio Jobim

PS. If you must pick only one song, listen to the first, which is Manoa - Lisa Ono.


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