I Love Bossa Nova (Afro:Baile Records)
One of Brazil’s most popular music exports, Bossa Nova, is now over 50 years old. Although there are numerous bossa nova-ish recordings out there, it’s hard to find newer recordings that release anything worthwhile. Afro:Baile has released a compilation of new bossa nova (also known as nu-bossa or bossa nova) artists that are actually from Brazil as well as Spain and Switzerland. These new bossa artists add soul, electronic drumbeats, contemporary jazz and new acoustic elements.
Some of the best cuts in the album are the exquisite "Vidigal" which includes the gorgeous voice of Vanessa Pinheiro; "Constatacao" by Ana Cascardo, which blends samba guitar and percussion with a jazz combo; Malu Von Kruger’s "Meu Rumo" where we find creative acoustic and electric guitar work combined with Brazilian percussion; "Cantos e Contos," which introduces the fascinating vocals of Maira Martins; and "Uma quase valsa para Horacio" by Daniela Rezende, which blends jazz guitar with Indian tabla and konakol.
"With this CD, all the artists are from Brazil, except 2 are from Switzerland and Spain, but both of Brazilian heritage," says producer DJ Seduce (Miguel Ivery). "I really tried to introduce this new sound of soul with some jazz and little kicking beat to some tracks. I know that Bossa Nova can be so cliché sometimes, so we definitely tried to stay away from that."
On I Love Bossa Nova you will find a will see an array of top nu-bossa talent.
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 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. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.