Brazil, Brazil


In today’s Sunday Times [£], my list of 20 essential Brazilian songs, from João Gilberto to Carlinhos Brown, Maria Bethânia to Tom Zé. I’d assumed there’d be a feast of the country’s music on TV during the World Cup, but so far I’ve been disappointed. ITV has Ary Barroso’s “Aquarela do Brasil” as its signature tune, but the Beeb went for Stevie Wonders’s “Another Star”,  a fine song but a little ersatz all the same. My list concentrates on the golden age of MPB and bossa nova. Unlike England’s footballers, Gilberto Gil & Co – all entering bus-pass territory now – really do constitute a golden generation.

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