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Brazilian Music Legend
- Sunday, May 29, 2016
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Sérgio Mendes Media
A Celebration of 50 Years of Brasil ’66
About Sérgio Mendes
Producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Sérgio Mendes’ influence on the music industry has spanned five decades and continues to evolve through new collaborations and mediums.
One of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time, Mendes has recorded more than 35 albums, many of which went gold or platinum, and he’s a three-time Grammy Award winner.
Mendes started his career with 1961’s Dance Moderno and the groups Bossa Rio and the Sérgio Mendes Trio. From the mid-1960s to the late ’70s, Mendes established his legendary status by taking numerous albums and singles to the top of the charts. But it was Sérgio Mendes and Brasil ’66 which sparked global stardom. Singles “The Look of Love,” “The Fool on the Hill,” and “Scarborough Fair” were immediate hits. Enjoying immense popularity, Mendes added soul and funk to his jazz and pop, but always with a Brazilian rhythm. His earlier single, “Mas Que Nada,” marked the first time that a song sung entirely in Portuguese hit Billboard’s Pop chart in the U.S.
Mendes’ signature mix of bossa nova/samba and his distinctive pop instrumentation features melodies with distinct sophistication and alluring sexiness that ultimately came to define Brazilian music for many music enthusiasts around the world.
Currently, Mendes continues to tour worldwide as well as composing and producing for several upcoming films, while also working on his own album projects.
Mendes and his cool factor continue to be ever present.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“contemporary pop and Brazilian musical tradition come together seamlessly” – All Music
“Mendes is the ultimate jazz-fusion icon” – AXS
“one of popular music’s most remarkable figures.” – BBC