Monday, March 7, 2016

40 Year Itch: A Gem from the Afro-Brazilian Capital

Gal Costa : Vatapa

[Out of Print]

   In possession of what may be the most beautiful voice in the world, Gal Costa went old school on her 1976 album by singing the songs of Dorival Caymmi, the grandfather of Brazil's Bahia-flavored bossa nova sound. It was a sixteen year old Caymmi who gave Carmen Miranda her legendary hit "O Que É Que A Baiana Tem?"("What Is It About Bahian Women?") in 1939. On Gal Canta Caymmi, the songs range from slow to fast but are never anything less than Fantásticas! Fantásticas! Fantásticas!!!! 

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