Celebrating The Father of Bossa Nova: Connect Brazil This Week

It’s Father’s Day for Joao Gilberto, too.

Celebrating The Father of Bossa Nova? Perfect timing for Summertime listening. Connect Brazil’s weekly digest keeps you informed and up to date with the best of Brazil. What will you discover?

What’s Happening at Connectbrazil.com June 20 – 26, 2021

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Bossa Nova celebrated its 60th birthday in 2018, but there was a moment in time where a twist of fate was all that stood between Brazil’s most famous music style and a very different reality.

It all came down to the soul-searching actions of a single man. So, let’s celebrate Father’s Day by looking back at the Father of Bossa Nova, Joao Gilberto.

Even when he was 18 and growing up in rural Juazeiro, Bahia (roughly 300 miles from Salvador), he knew what he wanted and what awaited him in Rio de Janeiro.

But something (everything) went wrong in Rio. Gilberto had a dream, but no vision beyond his first gig with the vocal group Garotos da Lua, where he was hired on as a featured soloist.

The personal choices João Gilberto made could have changed the course of musical history.

Can you imagine a world without Bossa Nova? It almost happened. Read more.

You’re invited to join me on our streaming station for a pair of songs from Joao Gilberto this Friday, and I’ll be featuring Joao Gilberto’s music throughout the week.

Listen Live this Friday

Be sure to join me for Brazil Back2Back, when I’ll play a pair of Joao Gilberto fan favs on our streaming station this Friday (6/25). Top of the hour, at 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm CT for two in a row.

Use the Connect Brazil Listening Lounge: Always free, always live.

Scott Adams, Midday Host


  • Lifestyle: Thinking about a Brazilian adventure? Brazil has a new Visa policy.
  • Music: Summer’s gonna be hot. Dive into our review of Brazilian Chill Sessions.
  • Food & Drink: Need some help with your first Brazilian griller? Watch this.
  • People: Deodato celebrates his birthday this Saturday. Listen to one of his best tunes.
  • Picture of the Day: Tropical snapshots! Check out our daily images!
Some say that Leme, (the calm and sedate eastern-most beach district of the Copa crescent) is the alter-ego of flamboyant Copacabana. We say that’s just fine.

Connect Brazil’s Weekender arrives in your inbox this Thursday! Read a current issue and sign up here.

New Music: Phil Fest ‘Isabel’

For SoFla guitarist Phil Fest, the musical magic is found in his genes: Phil’s Dad is Brazilian piano jazz giant Manfredo Fest. See what the kid is up to! Listen on XODO!, New Music: Brazil, and our steaming station!


Guitarist Sandro Albert isn’t quite a household name, but in Brazilian jazz circles, he’s highly respected as a musician, songwriter, and producer for top performers like Patricia Talem and Jorge Vercilo. You are invited to listen, 4 X daily and on-demand through June 27th. The playlist and Producer’s Notes are here.


Our streaming station is always live, always free, with a jazzy blend of breezy bossas and crossover hits from both sides of the equator. Thousands of listeners agree: this is Brazilian music you can live your life with!

Treat your ears to our unique blend. Our streaming station is the perfect choice for the sunshine season. Listen for these songs this week during The Midday Show with Scott Adams (M-F, 9 am to 3 pm CT).

  • ‘Good Times’ – Marcela Mangabeira
  • ‘Green Eyes’ – Marcos Ariel (Instrumental)
  • ‘Madalena’ – Gilberto Gil

Listen for these songs and thousands more on our always-live streaming station, and click here for all of our streaming music channels.

Best way to listen? Connect Brazil’s Listening Lounge.

Brazil Back2Back

Always two-of-a-kind and always two in a row when you listen at the top of the hour, at 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm (US Central) Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Here’s this week’s lineup:

  • Monday, June 21 – Deodato
  • Wednesday, June 23 – New Music: Daniel Santiago Featuring Eric Clapton, UNam
  • Friday, June 25th – Joao Gilberto fan favs

Next week on Brazil Back2Back:

  • Monday, June 28 – Velas & J. Marino
  • Wednesday, June 30 – New Music: Til Bronner. Marina Lima
  • Friday, July 2 – Editor’s Choice!

Visit the Listening Lounge to listen live, for real-time playlists or to request a song.

Spotlight Song: The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker | ‘Brazilain Soul’ [Acoustic Bossa Version]

Maybe you are as surprised as we are that The Knocks have made it to our playlists, but this sweet summer smoothie has all the ingredients for a drift-away beach day in Ipanema.

Listen to this song on Connect Brazil’s always-live streaming station, 24/7, worldwide.


Connect Brazil’s Events section has the early line on entertainment recommendations for the Sunshine Season with more live venues, and club dates added regularly. And musicians can post their events for free, anytime.

Catch up with Eliane Elias on stage. Enjoy live club dates and livestream Brazilian jazz concerts with Philly’s Minas, Chicago’s Cecy Santana, and St. Pete’s Nate Najar Trio with Daniela Soledade, You’ll find virtual Brazilian cooking and Zumba classes, even the return of Brazilian Jazz to San Antonio’s Riverwalk.

Plus your pick of full length, on-demand virtual Brazilian jazz concerts, too.

  • Click here to browse upcoming events.


Father’s Day deserves a tasty Brazilian snack, so add a little bit more Brazil to yours! Click the image.

Browse Brazilian Burgers, cafes and Food Trucks near you, coast to coast

Grillin’ like a Brazilian? Maybe not today. Maybe, today is all about getting out and about. That’s where Connect Brazil’s Brazilian Bites and Burgers Guide comes in handy.

You’re just a tap or two away from the best of Brazil near you, so plan ahead. Our Lifestyle Directory delivers Brazilian goodness to your table.

Connect Brazil is donating its services to spread the word about the tasty rewards of your support.

We hope that you will do the same by placing an order soon with an eatery near you. Your support makes everything taste better. Even Brazilian picanha burgers!


Celebrating The Father of Bossa Nova: Connect Brazil This Week

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