Emerging from the cafes and clubs of Rio de Janiero in the 1950s was a new sound that would conquer the world. This musical style, called bossa nova, drew on sounds of samba, although filtered through a cool Rio beach culture sensibility that epitomizes Brazil for many around the world to this day. The bossa nova craze in the United States was sparked by a legendary concert at Carnegie Hall in 1962. Featuring such figures as Tom Jobim and João Gilberto in performances of such classic songs as "One-Note Samba," "A Felicidade," and "Barquinho," this concert was a landmark event that introduced one of the most influential Latin America musical styles to the world.
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Leading with forró and its godfather Luiz Gonzaga, this excerpt from the BBC 4 series Brasil, Brasil examines the origins of bossa nova.
Archives and Rose Museum Director Gino Francesconi discusses Latin American music and artists at Carnegie Hall, including the 1962 bossa nova concert .
This excerpt from Hana Vaisman's Bossa Nova at Carnegie Hall tells the story of the historic 1962 concert.
A selection of the original tracks that made it to Bossa Nova Carnegie Hall.