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Nara Leão – Insensatez (1971)

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As with ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ and ‘Corcovado’, Tom Jobim wrote ‘Insensatez’ for João Gilberto – originally released in 1961. Ten years later, one of bossa nova’s muses, Nara Leão recorded a cover for her album Dez Anos Depois. It is my favourite version. Leão was no copycat, she had calibre too. During the 1950s, she had performed with João Gilberto. In the 1960s, she toured with Sérgio Mendes and would eventually team up with the Vila Velha Gang (e.g. Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Gal Costa) to feature on the 1968 album Tropicália: ou Panis et Circencis, a manifesto for the Tropicália movement.

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Caetano Veloso – Alfomega (1969)

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Caetano Veloso young

Caetano Veloso’s self-titled debut album changed the face of Brazilian music, kickstarted the Tropicália movement and ultimately led to his arrest and forced exile. Originally released in 1969, the LP’s last track ‘Alfomega’ is a suitable highlight. At the time, the people needed a release and his VU-like melodies, confident drums and psychedelic vocals were just the ticket.

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Caetano Veloso – Fina Estampa (1994)

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Last night, Michael Palin aired on primetime TV to show that he had filled a big gap in his passport – the sight and sounds of a vibrant Brazil. I was lucky enough to spend some time in São Paulo in 2011, and the recollection had me reaching for the bossa nova rhythms. The emotion of singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso’s gentle voice is undeniably Brazilian. Some songs conjur up more than just memories; they have the power to transport in an instant.

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