JOBIM bossa novas

In 2008 the world celebrates 50 years with Bossa Nova. Antonios Carlos Jobim, one of Brazils greatest Bossa Nova composers, played an important part in the Bossa Nova launch. Together with singer and guitarist João Gilberto and lyricist Vinicius de Moreas, Jobim contributed to make the Bossa become a worldwide phenomena. Brazilian singer Jussanam Dejah now pay tribute to his songs and tours Iceland, Denmark and Sweden.

– the Icelandic voice of Bossa Nova

Borned in Rio de Janeiro, Jussanam Dejah grew up with the carioca Samba and Bossa Nova. Besides her singing, Jussanam became an actress in various novelas (soap operas) in Brazilian TV. In the play "Adoraveis Romeu e Julieta" she also became the first black Juliet ever in Brazilian theater. Jussanam now lives in Reykavik in Island where she sucessfully collaborates with bassist Tomas Einarsson, one of Islands foremost Jazz musicians. In Sweden she collaborates with Swedish pianist Harald Erici. Together they bring a Nordic touch on Tom Jobims Bossa Nova classics.


Jussanam Dejah.


This fine pianist has been devoted to Brazilian Music for years. Since his first visit in Brazil 2003 Erici has returned on a yearly basis to learn more about the rich Brazilian culture. He is currently launching Brasilicum, a concept on Brazilian Popular Music. The album includes collaborations with musicians in Sweden, Brazil and Australia.


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REVIEW: "Hot Samba on a cold night" Morgunbladid, Iceland

Is there anything sweeter than a Brazilian samba, specially if it is of an Bossa Nova origin and created by the master Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim?

The first Jazz record to receive a Grammy award  as a record of the year, and the only one to be honoured such, un till this year that Herbie Hancock received this honour  this year for the CD Rivers, was Getz/Gilberto, where they along with Jobim played and performed the songs of Jobim. And what a fantastic collection of songs they where.  Tvelve of these songs could be heard at the Gauknum performed by the Brazilian singer Jussanam da Silva and the quartet of Tómas R. Einarssonar bass player and Matti Hemstock on drums, and the brothers Oskar and Omar Gudjonsson on sax and guitar. Da Silva sang twelve of Jobim’s songs and naturally among the fantastic collection some guests where missing there favourite songs. By my side was a grate singer who wanted to hear “Insenatez”  but the song pearls where many from the opening song “Dindi” to the last one “Samba de Uma Nota Só”. Da Silva sang songs that most of the guests knew, like “Destafinado” and Garota de Ipanema”. She also performed “ A Felicidade” and “Triste” and songs rather unfamiliar to me. The Girl from Rio (Ele e Carioca), which is where Da Silva is originally from, and “Favela” which of the Jobim songs is the one most resembling a N-American musical song play of the Jobims songs that I have heard.

Da Silva is possibly related to the Brazilian athletic jumper who snatched the gold from our Vilhelm in the past, at the Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. But she is charming singer with a good voice- but what toped the night for me was the singing in Portuguese which I find the most beautiful language to sing in.
Da Silva sang the songs as they where meant to be sang but the brothers. Oskar and Omar, took care of the improvisations. Oskar, artistically so with Gets behind his ear. The more simpler the better. The humour was not far away, and occasionally the song would end in riffs or music from Torbjorn Egber the Norwegian composer was invited to join in at the end of the song. Tomas and Matthias where a solid erythematic duo in the southern swing.
A lovely night that warmed the root of one’s heart in the cold of the night.


Vernhard Linnet.
29. February 2008


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