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PRESS RELEASE: BOSSA NOVA HITS LONDON
WHATÆS ON: LONDON BOSSA NOVA FESTIVAL 2008
PRESENTED BY THE BRAZILIAN TOURIST OFFICE (EMBRATUR)
BOSSA NOVA HITS LONDON'S SOUTH BANK
Acclaimed international musicians celebrate the chilled-out genreÆs Fiftieth Anniversary with a huge free festival on London's South Bank
Festival date : 6 JULY 2008
Bossa Nova, BrazilÆs unique and captivating musical cocktail of samba and jazz, will be celebrated at a huge free special festival on LondonÆs South Bank this summer, featuring the sultry sound of acclaimed French collective Nouvelle Vague among many other artists. It is 50 years since the original stars of Bossa Nova first dreamt up the genre in the beachfront bars of Rio de Janeiro, so Caipirinhas and tasty Brazilian snacks will be available to help re-create that vibe beside the Thames.
Bossa Nova, meaning ôNew Waveö, first became a global phenomenon thanks to the instantly recognisable Girl From Ipanema by Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim and its countless cover versions by artists from Frank Sinatra to Ella Fitzgerald. Today, Bossa Nova continues to inspire singers like Bebel Gilberto as well as influencing the likes of Nouvelle Vague, Zeep (formerly Smoke City) and DJs Eddie Piller and Gilles Peterson, who between them have sold many hundreds of thousands of records in the jazz-loving UK.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
The Bossa Nova Festival will be launched at an event for press and VIP guests at Guanabara on 02nd July 2008 from 18.30 hrs until late, followed by the free open air festival on 06th July 2008 at Coin Street, South Bank from 13.00 hrs until 19.00 hrs. For more information, please visit www.bossa-brazil.com
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