Bossa Nova do Brasil concert from 1966

lj

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Here is a musical treasure, as this video from a German November 1966 concert is amazingly-- to the best of my knowledge--the only full video for public viewing of a Bossa Nova concert during its heyday of the late 1950s-60s. What makes this show so special to me is the appearance of the great Sylvia Telles--arguably Bossa's best female vocalist. She was there at Bossa's very beginning in the late 1950s and was a musical force until her untimely death in a December 1966 car accident. That's why the shows header on YouTube showing 1967 is wrong. She and Jobim were close and he even wrote a song to honor her: "Dindi"--her nickname. She was known as a free spirit and lived life to its fullest. But this show is even more than Bossa Nova. For example, it also has Macumba with Marly Tavares doing some incredible dancing with Rubens Bassini as one of the drummers. You have a bit of samba/Carnival music. And as a special treat is Edu Lobo singing two of his songs, as an early example of MPB. I like the way he sings "Reza" (Prayer) slowly, as prayers are usually paced that way. Other versions of Reza seem to be up-tempo. So there you have it--an amazing Brazilian show and time capsule you can see for free. And it doesn't get any better than this.

 

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"Upa Neginho" has quite a rousing rendition here. One of my favorites of Lobo's. I'll have to watch the rest of this later. 👍👍

The 1967 might have been the air date of the show, even if it were recorded in 1966.
 
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lj

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Here is Sylvia Telles singing "A Felicidade". She had the perfect voice for Bossa Nova. She was only 32 when she died in 1966. What a loss.

 
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