FIFTY years after João Gilberto took the rhythm of samba, slowed it down and made it into another thing entirely, you can hear the bewitching sound of bossa nova everywhere – on shoe shop adverts, in hotel lobbies, in lifts, in the more discerning clothing boutiques, even on dancefloors, occasionally. There almost seems to be a fully-fledged revival happening, but without anyone even realising what‘s going on. It feels very exciting.
While it’s often regarded as kitsch, slightly tacky, happy-go-lucky charity-shop fodder, bossa nova music is all about melody and melancholy and quiet, understated soul.
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