The Best of Brazilian Music Special

The Best of Brazilian Music Special

Air Date: 12-31-23 through 01-07-24

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What’s Happening This Week at Connect Brazil

Many happy returns… and resolutions!

This week, let’s look back at the Best of Brazilian Music from the year that was. What will Brazilian music fans remember best? 2023 will be remembered for the incredible number of quality recordings plus the emergence of a new style that shook up our playlists: Urban Bossa!

We’ll recall the impressive number of historic, milestone musical anniversaries. And we’ll remember our special musical memories with the passing of Astrud Gilberto, Rita Lee, and Lennie Andrade.

Click here for our 2023 Best of Brazilian Music Showcase – top songs and the stories behind them, plus videos for each one, too!

Connect Brazil’s Winners for 2023

2023 was a time of musical mastery and exciting new names that gifted us with one of the best years for Brazilian music in recent memory.

Here are 2023’s listener-voted winners for the best songs, albums, and musicians of the year:

  • Album of The Year: João by Bebel Gilberto.
  • Best Reissue: ‘Sonhando Ipanema’, Barriere with Themis from Ibiza Winter Island 2023.
  • Top Debut Album of The Year: Bossanaire, for Beatle Bossa Nova.
  • Most Played Brazilian Song of The Year: ‘Secret Entrance To Your Heart’ by Michael Ross.
  • Best Vocal Brazilian Jazz Album of The Year: My Heart Speaks by Ivan Lins on Resonance Records.
  • Best Vocal Brazilian Pop Song of The Year: ‘Whisper The Words’ by Greggory Abbott.
  • Best Instrumental Brazilian Jazz Album of The Year: Meu Brasil, by Scott Mayo.
  • Best MPB Album of The Year: Raça Menina by Jorge Vercillo.

I hope you’ll enjoy the show this week.    

Happy Listening,
Scott Adams

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The Best of Brazilian Music Special: 2023

Broadcast Hour 1:

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme
Sonhando Ipanema<>Barriere/Ibiza Winter Island 2023
Blissful Harmony<>Geneve 5/Blissful Harmony
Caminhos Cruzados<>Bebel Gilberto/João
Welcome to the Lounge
É Preciso Perdoar<>Emilio Santiago/Our Kind Of Bossa (from 10 years ago, 2023)
Special Announcement

Set 2:
Blackbird<>Bossanaire/Beatle Bossa Nova
Copacabana Lush Night<>Marcos Ariel/This Is Bossa Nova 3
Introduce Next Set
Parabens<>Marcos Valle/Gilles Goes To Brazil (from 20 years ago, 2003)
Só Quem Ama<>Jorge Vercillo/Raça Menina
Renata Maria<>Ivan Lins/My Heart Speaks
Special Announcement

Set 3: This Week’s Spotlight Song
Whisper The Words<>Gregory Abbott/Single
Pedrinho Nas Bahamas<>Opu 5/Introducing
The Actress<>Ryan Dehues/Private Parlour

The Best of Brazilian Music Special: 2023

Broadcast Hour 2:

Set 1:
Maria Moita<>Antonio Adolfo/Bossa 65
Welcome Back To Our Second Hour
Corcovado<>Astrud Joao Gilberto Stan Getz/Verve JazzMaster
Magic<>Scott Mayo/Meu Brasil
Feels So Nice<>Jay King/Soulful Bossanova
Este Seu Olhar<>Daniela Soledade/Single
Special Announcement

Set 2:
Rio Sunset<>Paprika Soul/Into The Light
Areia<>Ella & the Bossa Beat with Toco/single  
Introduce Next Set
Secret Entrance To Your Heart<>Michael Ross/Single
Bitcoin Samba<> Roy Stephansen/Single (from 5 years ago, 2018)
Sei La<>Caro Pierotto/Sambalismo
Special Announcement

Set 3:
Vem Doce<>Vanessa Da Mata/Vem Doce
Come with Me to Rio (CB Mix)<>U-Nam/Sunshine of Mine
Closing Theme

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Next Week on The Sounds of Brazil: 

We’ll kick off January’s 2027 theme, The Warmth of Brazil with two hours featuring ‘The Brazilian Guitar’. Whether it’s your radio, your computer at work, or your tablet or smartphone, thanks for tuning in! I appreciate you listening to our weekly show and please tell a friend or two about us.

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The Best of Brazilian Music Special: 2023