Jorge Ben & Toquinho – Carolina Carol Bela (1969)

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Before ‘drum and bossa’ DJ Marky got hold of ‘Carolina Carol Bela’, it lived as a slice of tropicalista cool. Like ‘Right’, ‘Carolina Carol Bela’ was released as a B-side to a more popular track – in this case Jorge Ben Jor & Toquinho’s single ‘Que Maravilha’ (What a Wonder). While Jorge Ben had already established himself as Tropicália star, ‘Que Maravilha’ was Toquinho’s first big hit. For me, ‘Carolina Carol Bela’ had a slower-but-brighter burn.

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