The 20th century saw a verdant tapestry of sounds emerging from Brazil, presenting a rich variety of approaches to the essential rhythmic underpinnings in South American music that constantly evolved with the political landscape of the times. But of the many different styles and perspectives that Brazil has gifted us over the years, none are so enchanting, so tranquil, and so forlorn as the smooth sound of bossa nova music. Though those unfamiliar with bossa nova may relegate it to the forsaken category of lounge music, its sound is subtle and powerful, as demanding of its musicians as it is accommodating for the listener, evoking the tender beauty of nature in the same breath that it laments the simple pains and heartbreak of everyday life. It may have fallen by the wayside as Brazilian music continued to blossom into other exciting shapes and colors over the years, but the magic of bossa nova is that its calming spirit can resonate with anybody curious enough to gaze a little more closely into its winsome foliage. Staff Mixes Trusted Sources.
A pioneer in his field
“Você Partiu Meu Coração” (“You Broke My Heart”)
Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali. Elvis was discharged from the army. The British, dressed up as four boys in mop-tops, invaded the Americas. The record had a memorable cover, painted by the Puerto Rican abstract expressionist Olga Albizu, all flaming amber and Titian gold on heavy black. And it had a memorable sound, a new thing , new beat , bossa nova, the sound of warm rain and afternoons on the beach in the shadow of the Sugarloaf Mountain. Like most of the non-Portuguese-speaking world, this was my first affair with Brazilian music. I knew vaguely of samba, because, being Bengali, enthusiasm for the Brazilian football team was thrust upon me. And I was beginning to get a taste for jazz, so I really dug Stan Getz. But this, this was something else entirely, this syncopated love-child of Debussy, jazz and samba. It sounded happy, but also wistful, as if it had forgotten a beloved hat in the back of a taxicab and regretted it just a little.
The singer and composer was known best as a pioneer of the bossa nova genre, which found international popularity in the s. Reports say Gilberto died at home in Rio de Janeiro after a period of illness. His son confirmed the news of his death in a Saturday Facebook post. His release of the record Chega de Saudade in the late s was considered a game-changer for Brazilian music.
The diversity of music in Brazil is extraordinary, as it ranges from classic samba and bossa nova to more mainstream sertanejo and funk. Nego do Borel is a funk singer that recently adjusted his lyrics to appeal to more mainstream audience. He broke into the international music scene in when he toured in the U. This song is from her award-winning third album, Bang. The song is about a girl and her friends dancing at a typical baile funk party, which usually involves a kind of dance similar to twerking.