The Birth of Bossa Nova

The birth of Bossa Nova takes us back to 1958 for this two-hour radio special.

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Six decades seems like a long time, but it turns out that it’s exactly what was needed for Bossa Nova to musically morph from African, European, and American roots into the iconic song form that’s loved and enjoyed worldwide. So this week it’s a look back at the songs that started it all..back in 1958!

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Playlist for this week’s show

Hour 1: The Birth of Bossa Nova

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Rio<>Lucio Alves/Bossa Nova Sua Historia

So It May Secretly Begin/Pat Metheny/Still Life

Scarborough Fair<>Sergio Mendes &Brasil 66/Greatest Hits

Welcome to the Connect Brazil Listening Lounge  – Make A Request!

Quiet Moments/Lonnie Liston Smith

Special Announcement

Set 2:

Introduce Our Next Set

Motiff d’Azur<>Slowdown/Retrospectives

Introduce Next Song

Chega De Saudade<>Joao Gilberto/Legendary 

Café Roma<>Brass/Cafe Roma 3

Boa Sorte (Good Luck)<>Vanessa da Mata & Ben Harper/Sim

Introduce Featured Set

Upa Neginho<>Lenny Dale/Bossa Nova Sua Historia Sua Gente

Tristeza De Nos Dois<>Luiz Eca/Bossa Nova-Sua Historia

Voce E Eu<>Sylvia Telles/Bossa Nova, Sua Historia Sua Gente    

Set 3: 

Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Decollage<>Thievery Corporation/Saudade

É Preciso Perdoar<>Emilio Santiago/Nossa Onda É Essa

Blue Bossa<>Torcuato Mariano/Brazilian Nights



Hour 2: The Birth of Bossa Nova

Set 1:

Estrada Do Sol<>Tom Jobim/The Composer

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Chega De Saudade<>Os Cariocas/O Melhor de Os Cariocas

Like Ours<>Tom & Julie/Bossa Tres Jazz 2

Take Me Back To Rio<>Mike Catalano/Manhattan Affair

Special Announcement

Aquarela<>Lila & Rhythmic Control/ Brazilian Chill Sessions

Set 2:

Introduce Next Song

Batucada<>Boney James/The Beat

Happiness<>De Phazz/Dinner Party 

Introduce Next Featured Set

Deve Ser Amor (It Must Be Love)<>Herbie Mann

Desafinado<>Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd/Jazz Samba

This Happy Madness<>Frank Sinatra/Sinatra & Co.

Morning In Rio<>Sergio Mendes/Encanto           

Set 3:

Saudade Vem Correndo<>Bebel Gilberto/Tudo

It’s Always New<>Richard Sorce/Samba Para A Vida

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Video of the Week: The Birth of Bossa Nova

Generational shift: Daniela Soledade adds her own English lyrics to this duet with the man who wrote Rio’s siren song, Roberto Menescal.