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Marcos Valle - 50 years of Funk & Bossanova


Sat Nov 30 2013, 8:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive, Marina Bay, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

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The legend behind the bossa hit Summer Samba (So Nice) celebrates 50 years of music-making.

In his concert here, bossanova pioneer Marcos Valle will perform his catchy and seductive melodies including his most recognizable hit Samba De Verão, also known as Summer Samba (So Nice). It is one of the most recorded bossanova songs ever, having been covered by hundreds of artists since Walter Wanderley in 1967.

In an extraordinary career spanning five decades, Marcos Valle has remained current as he keeps crafting music that breaks new ground and as younger music-makers discover him. Most recently, hip-hop heavyweights such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Arrested Development and Madlib have sampled his music.

Valle has written over 300 songs, making him one of the most important songwriters and performers of Brazilian popular music. The songs have been recorded by everyone from Elis Regina, Sarah Vaughan, Caetano Veloso, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Leon Ware, Diana Krall and the band Chicago.

His music career kicked off when his song Sonho de Maria was included in Tamba Trio’s Avanco album in 1963. However, it was his smash hit on Verve Records, Samba ’68, on which Astrud Gilberto sang English versions of his songs such as Batucada and Crickets for Anamaria, which became a musical landmark.

He continued innovating with albums backed by bands that went on to be pioneers in their own right such as jazz-funk trio Azymuth, who would influence the acid jazz scene in Europe twenty years later. In the 90s his music became hip in Europe and Japan, and helped create a new genre: drum’n’bossa.

Marcos handpicked the music on the iconic 2002 compilation Chill: Brazil that introduced audiences worldwide to the best of breezy Brazilian music.