Best Brazilian Songs of 2017 - Part One

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 12/29/2017 - 12:48 pm

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The Old Year Was A New Year:  Was 2017 a reboot for Brazilian music? Many think so. A strong move back to major label signings thanks to the return of singles: the strength of an expressive song with a great story; personal creativity turning once again to Brazil’s wealth of world-class production and promotion. Social media is driving Indie success like never before in Brazil.


Here’s the best of the year’s best, Part One.

I Thought About You - Alexia Bomtempo   


‘Chasing Storms and Stars’. Chalk up another album from Bomtempo, whose recording debut came with 2008’s Astrolábio, then continued with 2012’s I Just Happen To Be Here, her English-language tribute to Caetano Veloso. I Thought About You is a story of lost love and reflection, from a confidently feminine point of view that only hints at the talent and poise of this up and coming American-born, raised-in-Rio singer/songwriter.


O Que É Que Tem - Ana Clara


‘Abençoada’ (‘Blessed’) is the name of Ana Clara’s third album, which features her easy on the ears samba O Que É Que Tem. Newly signed to Universal Music Brasil, 2017 saw the 23-year old singer putting down family roots in Sao Paulo for the Gigantes do Samba 2 project and driving a fast-tracking social media fan base: “I am sure that 2018 will be a fruitful year and, if it depends on me, the work will not stop!”


Will I See You - Anitta with Poo Bear   


Let’s just say it: Anitta is poised to become the most successful singer/performer in Brazilian music history. Whether that’s a good thing for Brazil is another story, as no other Brazilian musician has generated more cultural and racial controversy in 2017 courtesy of her yearlong ‘Checkmate Campaign’, which saw a new song released online every few weeks. And with her new management team based in L.A., she’s taking Brazil’s music industry to school. New tricks for old dogs.




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Estrada Do Sol - Danilo Caymmi 

Released on what would have been Antonio Carlos Jobim’s 90th birthday last January, ‘Canta Jobim’ is magical and masterful, and perhaps a defining moment for the musical career of Caymmi The Youngest. Stacey Kent guests on this top 2017 tune - which is completely percussion-free – proving that sometimes artistry can be defined as addition by subtraction.


Living Inside Myself - Ed Motta  


Ed Motta has a thing for R&B and Jazz. In fact, the Rio-based nephew of Brazil’s legendary Tim Maia has built a pretty nice career for himself by deep diving into the music from Day One. A late 2017 arrival, this top tune covers Gino Vannelli’s powerful love song as a single release. But his favorite? “I have never found anything as perfect as Steely Dan,” says Motta.


Speak Low - Eliane Elias   


Fans of Elaine Elias know two truths: 1) She’s always touring so her next concert is never too far away and 2) There’s a new album every two years or so. Released last March, ‘Dance of Time’ continues a winning tradition: #1 Billboard Jazz, #1 iTunes Jazz, #1 Amazon plus a Latin Grammy win for ‘Best Latin Jazz Album’. If Brazil Club had a category for best Brazilian album of the year, this might be our choice. Did we just do that?

That's the end of Part One for our Best Brazilian Songs of 2017. Click here for Part Two.

Happy Listening,

Scott Adams

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