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Kenia: Kenia Celebrates Dorival Caymmi

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The last time vocalist Kenia (Acioly) recorded a tribute record was five years ago, when she celebrated the music of Ivan Lins. Like the still-active Lins, Dorival Caymmi-who died in 2008 at age 94-was a prolific Brazilian composer whose songs are well known by fellow artists but whose name has mostly languished in relative obscurity. (Caymmi is considered a bridge between samba and bossa nova and was a huge influence on Antonio Carlos Jobim, among others.) Kenia’s interpretations of Caymmi’s work retain the Afro-Brazilian rhythmic thrust that was so integral to the Bahian’s music, while applying a refined, modernist coating to the songs, some several decades old.

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