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Published: 01/18/2017


Program #1286 - 'Nara Leao - Bossa's Original Muse’

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Nara Leao was Bossa's original muse, with a voice that was soft, gentle and sweetly compelling. Her unique role carries more than a few interesting side bars: She was the one who introduced a very shy Astrud Weinert to her future husband Joao Gilberto, and years later initiated a very public feud with Elis Regina during the early days of MPB. But thta's on;y part of the story. Read on:


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This week’s show:

We're taking a weekend break from our month long ‘January Is Jobim’ theme to celebrate the birthday of Bossa Nova’s original muse - singer Nara Leão. She played a pivotal role in the birth of Bossa Nova. As a star-struck teen, she hosted countless late-night jam sessions for most of Bosss's rising performers like Sergio Mendes, Roberto Menescal, Oscar Castro-Neves and Antonio Carlos Jobim - at her parent's Copacabana apartment! She was also the person who introduced João Gilberto to his future wife, Astrud. Her cool and breezy singing style made her a national treasure.

Later, during the turbulent years of Brazilian dictatorship, Nara became a voice for social change. Today, the memory of her as both a musician and public figure has inspired fashion, jewelry design and art, but she will forever be remembered as the Muse of Bossa Nova.

And as always, you’ll  find the best music on the planet on The Sound s of Brazil!, with Al Jarreau’s new song with Brazilian keyboard wiz Deodato, Milton Nascimento, James Taylor, Soul Bossa Trio, a cutting edge  New Bossa groove  from De Phazz and classic Brazilian jazz tracks from saxophonist Leo Gandelman, and Ornelas & Leão. Even Sting with an Ivan Lins hit!

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“Nara Leao - Bossa's Original Muse” 

Hour 1: 

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Asa<>Lee Ritenour & Djavan/World of Brazil

Super Ambient<>Bossacucanova/Ipanema Lounge V.1  

Happiness<>De Phazz/Dinner Party            

Welcome to The Brazilian Club Lounge.

Outra Vez<>Nara Leão/Personalidad

Special Announcement

The Look of Love/Roni Ben-Hur & Nilson Matta/Mojave


Set 2: 

Only A Dream In Rio<>James Taylor/That’s Why I’m Here

Maracatu Atomico<>Leo Gandelman/Brazilian Soul

Introduce Next Set

Voce E Eu<>Nara Leao/Bossa Nova 30 Anos

Second To None<>Boozoo Bayou/Second To None

Morning In Rio<>Sergio Mendes/Encanto


Set 3: 

Brazilian Minute: Geography

Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Double Face<>Deodato & Al Jarreau                           

Voltei Pra Ficar<>Keyvn Lettau & Velas/Velas ________________________________________________________

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Hour 2:

Set 1:

Voce<>Dick Farney & Norma Bengal/Bossa Nova Sua Historia

Rio<>Jonathan Butler with Rick Braun/Jonathan  

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Morena Boco de Ouro<>Nara Leao/Nara

Awakening<>Francois K w/Barbra Mendes/Bossa Tres Jazz 2

Special Announcment

TSOB’s Top 100 Songs: Looking back at 25 years' worth of the very best

Brazilian Sunrise<>Stefan Dickerson/Romanza   


Set 2:

Ooh, Child<>Milton Nascimento/Crooner

Vendedor de Sonhos<>Ornelas & Leao/Songs of Nascimento

Introduce Next Set                                                                                                       

Me Abraca<>Nara Leão/Nara

Bayu-Bayu<>Soul Bossa Trio/Soul Bossa Trio 

She Walks This Earth<>Sting/A Love Affair        


Set 3:

Que Xote<>Nando Lauria/Alma Del Sur

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Next week, it's our annual birthday salute for Antonio Carlos Jobim. Always one of our most anticipated of the year, and sure to be a lot of fun. More and more Brazilian music fans are tuning in each week and I hope you will too. And don't forget about our weekly broadcasts in Chicago: Sundays at 2 pm on 90.9 FM WDCB.


Happy Listening,

Scott Adams

The Sounds of Brazil!

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