What I’m Listening To: “Mas Que Nada” Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66

As a retraction from my usual Hip-Hop flow, I wanted to bring a different feel to this edition of “What I’m Listening To“. Growing up in a family and extended family filled with various genres of music, and studying Music Industry in college, I have grown a deep appreciation for all music over the years. One such genre is bossa nova. The sounds of Brazil reached extreme popularity in the United States in the 1960s; Sergio Mendes being at the forefront of this movement. With the accompaniment of Brasil ’66, they recorded one of the most famous bossa nova tunes of our time,Ā “Mas Que Nada“. Originally written and performed by Jorge Ben, Mendes’ rendition “reached #47 pop, #4 easy listening in the 1966 Billboard charts“. It is a song that has surpassed generations, as Sergio Mendes re-recorded the song with the Black Eyed Peas for his 2006 effort, Timeless. I have included both versions for your listening pleasure; enjoy!

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