London, England – This compilation brings together the singers, songwriters and musicians from all over Brazil who grew up listening to bossa nova, even played it themselves, but who had an agenda of their own – a desire to speak for the ordinary people.
By the mid-1960’s the elegant cool of bossa-nova was beginning to seem out of touch with the realities of a country where a military junta had taken control of the government. And so to the backlash: a more politically aware music with a desire to speak for the ordinary people. The artists here were at least as conscious of what had gone before, as to what was to come. They include Elis Regina, Jorge Ben, Caetano Veloso and Chico Buarque.
All sound as fresh and as relevant today as when they first stepped into a studio. Nova Bossa Nova is a perfect snapshot of the past, the present and the future of popular Brazilian music.