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.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.