Brazilian Essence 2016 (Chinese version)

Bossa Negra


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Bossa Negra is a musical concept created by producers Howard Lee and Latin Grammy winner Sérgio Luiz Brandão with the aim of making Brazilian music accessible outside of Brazil without compromising the integrity of the music.
This pioneering collaboration has resulted in the first ever studio recording of well-known Brazilian songs rearranged, reinterpreted and sung with Chinese and English lyrics.
In addition to the project’s lyrical reinterpretation of these Brazilian songs, the producers have also created the first ever fusion of Chinese, Australian and Brazilian music into one album.
By taking popular songs from China and Australia, Bossa Negra has pioneered a new direction in world music by recording songs with a Brazilian arrangement and incorporating instruments from each of these countries.
The latest album from Bossa Negra consists of 2 different editions, one for the Chinese region and one for the English speaking market.
Giants of the Brazilian music industry were recruited to write the arrangements for this album including Renato Fonseca (who toured with Djavan on keyboards), Luiz Brasil (whose arrangements have appeared on the albums of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil & Gal Costa), Marco Brito (Ivan Lins’ current pianist) and Sérgio Luiz Brandão.
The majority of the album was recorded in Rio de Janeiro Brazil from 2009 - 2016 as well as NYC, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Singapore and China. It consists of the crème de la crème of Brazilian musicians including many Grammy winners.
Howard X – Founder/Co-producer (Hong Kong- China)
Musician, promoter and producer Howard Lee was first exposed to Brazilian music whilst performing with various jazz bands in China and Australia. To further explore his curiosity in Brazilian music, he travelled to Brazil in 2003 for lived there for almost 2 years. The aim of the trip was to study the many facets of Brazilian music, culture, and the historical/social context in how music plays a role in Brazilian society. These cities included Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, Porto de Galinhas, Olinda, Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto, Manaus, Foz do Iguaçu and Sao Paulo. During this period he had the fortunate opportunity to study with some of Brazil’s most respected musicians including the drummer of Hermeto Pascoal’s band for the past 20 years Márcio Bahia, Grammy winner Edu Ribeiro band as well as percussionists from Mono Bloco and the Mangueira samba school.
Upon the return of this trip, Howard Lee has made it a mission to promote Brazilian music wherever he goes. This included the formation of the Hong Kong Bloco, the first samba percussion ensemble of it’s kind in the region as well as being the founder of the band Bossa Negra.
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Favorite Song Length Format Price
1 The Frog (A Rã) [João Donato] [Yen J] feat. Joanna Dong [Editor's Pick] 3:35
2 Upside Down (Flor de lis) [Djavan] feat. Joanna Dong, Jacqueline Gawler [Editor's Pick] 3:48
3 時間暫停 (Final Feliz) feat. Tia Ray, Jorge Vercilo, Jorge Vercillo [Editor's Pick] 4:46
4 泰姬瑪哈 (Taj Mahal) [Jorge Ben Jor] feat. Joanna Dong 3:08
5 瑪麗亞的約會 (Os Grilos) [Marcos Valle] feat. Joanna Dong 3:36
6 港口 (Encontros e despedidas) [Milton Nascimento] feat. Joanna Dong 9:15
7 森巴嘉年華 (A Voz do Morro) [Zé Keti] feat. Joanna Dong 5:02
8 夏日森巴 (Summer samba) (So Nice) [Marcos Valle] radio edit feat. Joanna Dong 3:00
9 Down Under [Men at Work] feat. Jacqueline Gawler 3:37
10 半斤八兩 [許冠傑] feat. Soler [Editor's Pick] 2:11
11 財神到 [Sam Hui] [許冠傑] feat. Chris Polanco 陳杰 [Editor's Pick] 3:23

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