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by Rachel Devitt

April 6, 2012

New Girls (and Boys) from Ipanema

by Rachel Devitt  |  April 6, 2012

Those warm, sandy vocals. The quiet breeze of an acoustic guitar. The swaying syncopated rhythms. And, of course, the pitter-patter of sleek, lounge-ready electro-beats. It's the sound of contemporary bossa nova and samba -- at least the strain that such game-changers as Bebel Gilberto, Celso Fonseca and Seu Jorge helped shape in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Inspired by the often politically charged, gracefully crafted work of pioneers like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto and Caetano Veloso, these hip young things super-charged samba and bossa, injecting it with acaipirinha-cool chicness for a new generation. Luxuriate in the lush sounds of their ingenuity and artistry with our deep dive into neo-bossa and samba,including cuts from the brand new albums by CeU and Marisa Monte.

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