Brazilian Infused Jazz Music


A new wave of music rose to the scene during the 1950s, by the time jazz music was the ultimate preference of music for the mass. This particular genre was born within Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; by local musicians that fused Brazilian culture with jazz. Due to the millions of Africans sent to Brazil for slavery in the colonial times, Samba music was born just a few decades before this Brazilian jazz genre. The genre is called Bossa Nova, which literally means “new wave”. Bossa Nova combines the best of samba rythms and Portuguese instruments with jazz music, which gives the music a bit of a swinging, yet chill vibe of jazz. Nowdays, Bossa Nova is renowned all over the world, with top artists emerging from brazil and done collaborations with American jazz musicians.

Bossa Nova is now known as Brazil’s culture. Musicians usually sing in Portuguese and wrote songs about Brazilian life, women, culture, love and happiness. Intruments used in Bossa Nova music includes the classical guitar, drums and percussion and sometimes a little bit of piano. Bossa nova has it’s core rhythm based on samba music, which differentiates the genre from the others.

During the Brazilian political turmoil in the 1960s, where a military coup d’etat occurred against the regime, bossa nova was eclipsed by Musica Popular Brasileira(Brazilian pop music); making bossa nova songs more politically charged as a way of protest. Most Brazilians feel that bossa nova is a part of their heritage, just like how us Indonesians feel about traditional music/local indie music.

Bossa Nova is now renowned across the globe, and adored by millions of people; especially those who love jazz. Due to the swaying feel of the music, alluring lyrics and timeless rhythms; it will be an eternal genre of music and a platform of expression.

by Arrafi