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Luciana Souza: Meet the New Bossa

Luciana Souza
Luciana Souza

The words Luciana Souza and bossa nova fit beautifully into the same sentence, and equally so on the same recording.

And why not? Souza is, after all, the offspring of parents-poet Tereza Souza and singer/songwriter Walter Santos-who were on-the-scene participants in Brazil during the music’s birthing years in the ’50s. She was raised in a musical environment frequented by the likes of Milton Nascimento, singer Leny Andrade and Hermeto Pascoal (who was also her godfather). And her impressive string of recordings, especially the two “Brazilian Duos” albums with guitarist Romero Lubambo, offers superb, insightful renderings of contemporary bossa nova.

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