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Sergio Mendes: Encanto

Some may say that Sergio Mendes, back with his second round of Brazilian classics brought into the 21st century with hip-hop rhythms, is simply cashing in. But not with music this good. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Brasil ’66, Brasil ’77, Brasil ’88 or Brasil ’08. The many forms of musica Brasiliera simply haven’t lost their popularity over the course of 50 years. Today you can see that with new Brazilian-retro-rhythm group Bossacucanova or in the popularity of remixed bossa lounge compilations. Mendes sold more than 200,000 copies with his first mash-up of bossa-hip-hop with producer, Timeless, in 2006. So he’s back with the Black Eyed Peas maestro on the second round of classics and originals. has even brought bandmate Fergie with him, and she gets the lead track with “The Look of Love,” a shuffling sing-song version of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David classic (that Mendes took all the way to No. 4 on the pop charts in 1967) with joining her on a rap chorus.

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