Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Brazilian Music Seduced the World

This is another recent article for déjà vu magazine. Hope you all enjoy, and if you do, please leave a comment.

By Anna Avalanche and Gisa Miles
Picture credit: and Haroldo George Gepp (Geppex McCaw in SL)

Samba and Bossa Nova are currently considered worldwide as genuinely Brazilian musical genres. The Carnival, one of the greatest expressions of popular culture in Brazil, has projection in several countries and " Garota de Ipanema - Girl from Ipanema" by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, is considered one of the most rewritten songs worldwide and considered in 2005 by the U.S. Congress Library, one of 50 musical from humanity.

The year 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of Bossa-Nova, a genuinely Brazilian rhythm. Mixing samba and jazz. Bossa Nova would lead which is known today as MPB (Brazilian Popular Music). The term "Bossa Nova" means a new way of playing and singing.

The first manifestations of what was to become known as Bossa Nova occurred in the 50's, in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. There, intellectualized composers, instrumentalists and singers were seeking something really new, which translated their lifestyle and musical tastes. Lovers of American jazz and soft music, have effective participation in the occurrence of the genus, which managed to unite the joy of Brazilian rhythms to sophisticated harmonies of American jazz.

The style came out of samba, with more harmonic complexity and less percussive repetition. Joao Gilberto launch the first LP with the title “Canção do Amor Demais” where was observed for the first time a hit differentiated in guitars enforced by him which would characterize the Bossa Nova as an innovation in the Brazilian popular music.

The Bossa Nova was established internationally in the year of 1962 in a historic and unforgettable concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, in which Tom Jobim, João Gilberto, Roberto Menescal and others talented artists presented this new way of make music.

The Bossa Nova was projected in worldwide and with this ample divulgation of the letter and rhythm several musicians, and singers like Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald took up the Bossa Nova style.

Today the whole world knows what is Bossa Nova. The movement was a great reference for later generations of artists and leave valuable music’s, like: “Chega de Saudade, Garota de Ipanema, Desafinado, O barquinho, Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar, Se Todos Fossem Iguais A Você, Outra Vez, Coisa mais linda, Corcovado, Insensatez, Maria Ninguém, Samba de uma nota só, O pato, Lobo Bobo, Saudade fez um Samba”.

Exceeding the limits of music, Bossa Nova has even influenced fashion. It is the trend for Brazilian 2009 summer. In Sao Paulo Fashion Week - summer 2009, some designers exhibited looks inspired by the Bossa Nova. On the trail of major musical icons of the season, the models catwalk shows clothes and bikinis which brought features of the 50 adapted to the present making the Bossa Nova eternal in the music and in fashion.

Also, this November the Interface Company promotes the “Ipanema Gril 2008” contest inside Second Life to celebrate the 50 years of Bossa with Helo Pinheiro the real life Ipanema Gril judging the event.

This article has been sponsored by AA Trade Company, Cleary (128,128,0)

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