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Guide to Brazilian Bossa Nova Music: The Basics of Bossa Nova

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Nov 2, 2021 • 3 min read

When it comes to Brazilian music, the first song that might come to mind is "The Girl From Ipanema" penned by songwriter Antônio Carlos Jobim and performed by singer Astrud Gilberto, guitarist João Gilberto, and saxophonist Stan Getz. That song is a flagship in a particular Brazilian genre called bossa nova.