Crossing Borders with Sergio Mendes


Our Annual Memorial Day weekend tradition is ready to go with two hours of sun-kissed sambas, breezy bossas, and the best of Sergio Mendes.

Air Date: 05-29-22 through 06-05-22

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So much has happened this year, so it’s kind of hard to realize that this is our first long holiday weekend since…

…January 1st! So, as we enter the Sunshine Season this is my chance to say thank you for listening and for coming back to this page every week to share the music.

Simply put, all of what I do here with The Sounds of Brazil and would be impossible without you and our shared passion for Brazil’s music and culture. I really appreciate your tuning in to enjoy the music with me every day.

2022 marks Connect Brazil’s 25th anniversary and our 30th milestone year for The Sounds of Brazil.

Please rest assured: I’m always thinking of new ways to make The Sounds of Brazil even better.

Over the years, the two long holiday weekends that bookend summertime have been reserved for Sergio Mendes on The Sounds of Brazil. And with good reason: the Mendes musical, magical touch is perfect for get-togethers of all kinds.

This show is no exception because our playlist includes the latest single from Sergio Mendes’s new album ‘In The Key of Joy’! You can learn more about the album here.

I’ll even have ‘first to know info on a new Sergio Mendes documentary airing on PBS stations.

I hope you’ll enjoy both the weekend and this special program, and if you are looking to add some Brazilian flair to your BBQ, be sure to check out our Brazil On The Grill section for tips, recipes, and more.

~ Scott Adams

Friday’s Brazil Back2Back serves up tunes from a pair of musical birthdays: Bossacucanova’s Alex Moreira and Ivete Sangalo! Listen at the top of the hour at 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm CT, exclusively on our streaming station.

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This week’s show:


Hour 1:

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Timeless<>India.Arie with Sergio Mendes/Timeless

Flying To Bahia<>Caibedo Island/Caibedo Tale

Baia<>Walter Wanderley/Next Stop Wonderland Soundtrack

Welcome to the Lounge              

Barabare<>Sergio Mendes/Brasiliero

Special Announcement: Join our list!

Set 2:

Introduce Next Set

Maracatu (Nation of Love)<>Sergio Mendes/Bom Tempo

Belem, Minha Cidade<>Bobby Brazil/Amazonica

Introduce Next Song

Un Beijo Na Boca<>Latin Vibe/Latin Vibe

Rise<>Leo Gandelman/Brazilian Soul

Please Baby Don’t<>John Legend/Sergio Mendes Timeless 

Set 3: Brazilian Minute: Brazil’s Cinema

Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Favo De Mel<>Milton Nascimento/Rio 2 Soundtrack

Francesa<>Ricardo Silveira/Storyteller  

Time Goes By<>Shelea with Sergio Mendes/Key of Joy


Hour 2: 

Set 1:

Love Came Between Us<>Sergio Mendes/In The Key of Joy

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Mas Que Nada<>Sergio Mendes/Greatest Hits

Roda<>Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66/Look Around

Rainha<>Toco & Nina Miranda/Memorias 


Special Announcement

El Alba<>Camiel/Sunset

Set 2:

Introduce Brazil Back2Back: Torcuato Mariano

I Can’t Help It<>Torcuato Mariano/Paradise Station

Mariana<>Torcuato Mariano/Diary

Introduce Next Song

Linha Do Equador<>Djavan/Coisa De Escender 

Rio Sway<>Brian Simpson & Maysa/Out Of A Dream 

Café Caldo<>Mazachigno/Cafe Roma 2

Set 3:

When I Fell In Love<>S. Mendes, Gracinha Leporace/Magic

Visions of You<>S. Mendes, Janelle Monae/Magic

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Next Week: We’ll breeze into ‘The Brazilian Side of Smooth’ to open June’s Art Of Brazilian Jazz theme. I hope you’ll enjoy the show and please – tell a few friends about us! It’s always great to share the music.

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