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bossa nova

bossa nova

Bossa Nova is a musical sub-genre derived from samba and with strong American jazz influences. Initially, the term Bossa Nova referred to a way of singing and playing samba but gradually became one of the most important movements in what is known in Brazil as MPB, Brazilian Popular Music. The word bossa was said for the first time in the 1930s in Coisas Nossas, a popular samba song composed by Noel de Medeiros Rosa. He  was a Brazilian songwriter, singer, and guitar&mandolin player. One of the greatest names in Brazilian popular music, Noel gave a new twist to samba, combining its Afro-Brazilian roots with a more urban, witty language and making it a vehicle for ironic social commentary,

The expression bossa nova started being used in the following decade to describe the samba de breque, which improvised sudden stops in the music in order to have words. The typical instruments heard in Bossa Nova songs are the classical guitar, piano, electronic organ, acoustic bass and drums. Furthermore, a key element in Bossa Nova is something that usually goes unnoticed, and is not commonly used in music, which is silence. As Tom Jobim, one of the fathers of Bossa Nova, used to say: music is the silence between the notes. This movement was organized mostly by very young people because they chose to compose more optimistic music to describe their generation as opposed to the suffering in the tunes and lyrics of songs from the previous decades. Bossa Nova brings a sophisticated mix of melody, harmony and rhythm with more elaborate lyrics tied to every day life. In order to create a more relaxed way of singing, this genre of music values pauses and silence. The optimism and enchanting rhythms found in Bossa Nova have captivated and influenced singers and composers all around the world

reference: A brief history of Bossa Nova,  wikipedia

music: Coisas Nossas – Noel de Medeiros Rosa 1932

image: Noel de Medeiros Rosa  – Ama Rildo

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