Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Bebel Gilberto: So Nice

Since I posted last week about Astrud Gilberto, one of my favorite voices of all time, I thought it might be interesting to show you a little bit of what her step-daughter Bebel Gilberto is up to. Bebel is the daughter of amazing guitarist Joao Gilberto (who was married to Astrud in the early 1960's). It's probably not fair to compare, but Bebel's singing is lacking the sheer natural simplicity and purity of Astrud's, but when she's in a groove, she can definitely capture that breezy Brazilian samba sound.

Here are two videos of her work. You will soon find out that both have their cheesy and/or strange moments, but I'm posting the first "So Nice," because I love the song and thought you might like to hear her version of it. The second is an original song written by Bebel on her brand new album Momento, released last month. The reason I'm posting this one is because there is some neat footage with her and her father when she was a little girl. I don't know what the windy city street footage is all about, or the models in the hotel...they must have been trying to reach some target demographic that likes to see a hot Brazillian woman with wind in her hair, hanging out with models in a swanky hotel. Like maybe every man on the planet?

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