Brazil’s Bossa Nova turns 60

Americas Now

The musical style that launched the song “The Girl From Ipanema” is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

“Bossa Nova,” which translates into “new fad” has proven its longevity by continuing to seduce audiences with its dreamy, syncopated melodies.

To discover the Brazilian beat’s secrets we talked to some composers, singers, and historians of this beloved musical style. Including the woman who was the original inspiration for “The Girl From Ipanema.”

Our Urban Voice is Brazil’s musical genre… Bossa Nova.

“The Girl From Ipanema” was first recorded in 1962. It became an international hit two years later. Frank Sinatra’s version of the song was released in 1967. It’s said to be the second most-recorded song