WORLD-RENOWNED bossa nova artist Sergio Mendes has chosen Manila as one of the cities in the world to celebrate 50 years of his seminal album, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66. An opus of Brazil’s bossa nova king’s successful musical career, the tracks of the album will go live on stage at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on March 16.
Brasil ‘66 was Mendes’ first album that put Brazilian music on the map in the 1960s through the 1970s. It was produced by Herb Alpert and Mendes himself, with songs that integrated Latin jazz and bossa nova with elements of American pop music.
In 2011, the groundbreaking album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and went platinum based largely on the success of its single “Mas Que Nada,” sung entirely in Portuguese with soaring vocals by Lani Hall.
The album also appealed to pop audiences through Mendes’ versions of the Beatle’s “Day Tripper” and Little Anthony and the Imperials’ “Going Out of My Head.” Other songs included in the album are “The Look of Love,” “Chove Chuva,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Roda,” and “Night and Day,” among others.
Mendes, now 75 years old, is the ultimate jazz-fusion icon who loves to constantly create new sounds with contemporary artists. In his 2006 album Timeless, Mendes worked with the Black Eyed Peas on a fresher version of his 1960s hit, “Mas Que Nada.” He also opened up the collaborative channels with other fresh artists like Jill Scott, India Arie, Justin Timberlake and Erykah Badu.
More recently, he collaborated with John Legend, Carlinhos Brown and Will.i.am in his 2014 release “Magic.” The same album also featured the hit single, “One Nation,” the official song of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
A brilliant and prolific artist, Mendes has released 55 albums over the past five decades, including the Grammy Award-winning “Basileiro” in 1993, and “Bom Tempo” in 2010. In 2005, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, making him one of the best Brazilian musicians of all time.