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Old 01-31-2011, 09:09 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I love that song! Way too under-listened in the U.S. though, people only really think of Girl from Ipanema when they hear Bossa Nova and it's a shame, considering Jobim did so many other good songs.
Yes, it's a pity. And the same happens in many countries with other famous Brazilian musicians. Sometimes young people know some Brazilian song, but only because of a TV ad or something like that. In the 80's, at least we knew Toquinho (another important songwriter) and his Aquarela ("Watercolor", translation here).




Now, a little bit more of "Latin eclecticism". Cuban jazz + flamenco. Or, in other words, Bebo Valdés together with Diego el Cigala. From the 2003 album Lágrimas negras ("Black Tears"), songs Lágrimas negras and Se me olvidó que te olvidé ("I Forgot that I Forgot You"):



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Old 01-31-2011, 11:42 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Double face-palm, yeah. Slip of the mind.
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Old 02-01-2011, 03:01 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Another example of Pan-Hispanic music heritage: Habanera. A genre originated in Cuba, it was brought to Spain by sailors, where it became very popular. It also has many similarities with Argentine milonga. And thanks to certain famous songs, it is also well-known in Mexico, the rest of the Hispanic world, and even in some countries outside it. One of those songs is La paloma ("The Dove"), one of the best internationally-known in music history (more than 2,000 recordings in different languages and styles). You can listen to versions by Los Panchos (Mexico), Billy Vaughn orchestra (instrumental), Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Charlie Parker and many others:



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Regarding Latin jazz, I recommend a documentary named Calle 54 (dir. Fernando Trueba). There, you can see (and listen to), for instance, Eliane Elias (Brazil), Paquito D'Rivera (Cuba) and Tito Puente (USA-Puerto Rico):




Apart from that, I think we should mention Rosana (Spain) too. Her music has that characteristic so-called "Latin flavour" which is nowadays recognizable by the general public worldwide. Probably due to the influence from the common Hispanic roots (e.g. bolero and others) and because she's from the Canary Islands (as El Guincho, BTW), whose inhabitants traditionally have strong family ties with Venezuela and Cuba. Superb rhymed lyrics too. These songs are The Talisman and A fuego lento ("On a low flame"):



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♫ "El talismán de tu piel me ha dicho........The talisman of your skin has told me
que soy la reina de tus caprichos........that I am the queen of your whims.
Yo soy el as de los corazones..........I am the ace of hearts
que se pasean en tus tentaciones.......that walk by your temptations.
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El talismán de tu piel me chiva.............The talisman of your skin whispers to me
que ando descalza de esquina a esquina........that I walk barefoot from end to end
por cada calle que hay en tus sueños,.........by every street that is in your dreams,

que soy el mar de todos tus puertos........that I am the sea of all your ports.
El talismán de tu piel me cuenta.......The talisman of your skin tells me
que tu destino caerá a mi puerta.........that your destiny heads for my door.
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:41 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Yeah, I love Jorge Ben. Just out of curiosity, what song is it on your sampler? This is another pretty well-known Jorge Ben song, which makes sense because it is very, very catchy:



A very cool song I think.
The song I have is also short and catchy, like your clip: it`s called Berenice, recorded in 1977 apparently.
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