Is Bossa Nova dead?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by mr coffee, Apr 27, 2021.

Is there a future for Bossa Nova?

  1. It's alive and well!

    13 vote(s)
  2. It hasn't been a thing since ca. 1963 or so.

    11 vote(s)
  1. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    I mean, with Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, and Antono Jobim no longer with us, is there really any future for the genre? Who's left to carry the fire? Astrud is still around, but hasn't done much musically for some years...

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  2. Mr bassie

    Mr bassie Electromatic

    Jul 29, 2020
    It’s up to you…
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  3. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    Not to me, as long as we have these recordings to listen to for the upcoming decades, centuries, etc.

    I know that John Densmore incorporated the Bossa Nova beat into this famous song:

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  4. Glaw

    Glaw Gretschie

    Aug 30, 2017
  5. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Bossa nova needs a new boss.
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  6. Gold Penguin

    Gold Penguin Gretschie

    Dec 18, 2020
    Long Island, New York
    It's not dead, it just smells funny!
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  7. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Here’s a lil’ Bossa Nova I wrote last year.
    I recorded the crappy riff with my phone and sent it to a friend who added the bass and drums. Then another friend added the wild leads.
  8. fender62custom

    fender62custom Gretschified

    Mar 3, 2012
    Helidon, Australia
    love the Genre... Like fashion.. it will stick its head out from time to time
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  9. mrcoffee23

    mrcoffee23 Gretschie

    Sep 23, 2009
    Virginia, USA
    No matter how much I love it, it hasn't been a vibrant genre since the early 60s. Sure, some people play it and play it well, but its not the same thing. Rio is not the same city.
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  10. ramjac

    ramjac Synchromatic

    Aug 14, 2011
    Reinvented itself briefly in 1982, but otherwise, probably yeah.

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  11. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Synchromatic

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    I don't know if it's dead but I sure hope not.
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  12. MotorCentaur

    MotorCentaur Synchromatic

    May 11, 2016
    I am sure it has been constantly reinvented by new players.
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  13. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Ever since "Blame it on the BossaNova" it's had a bad rap!
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  14. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Who doesn't like a Bossa Nova every once in a while, but yeah, more or less another backwards looking genre, a lot like rock.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2021
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  15. Falstaff1960

    Falstaff1960 Electromatic

    Dec 19, 2020
    No one else going to point out that Bossa Nova is a Brazilian music form and not dependent on the US to stay alive? Or did you mean to ask if it's popularity has wained in the states? If so, then yes, to a large extent, it has.

    But it is still alive in Brazil where Jobim and Gilberto are hallowed names. How do I know? Because I have several friends in Brazil and here, from Brazil. I also have a jazz sub-collection of Bossa Nova and other latin based jazz fusion records so it s an area of interest to me. And there are several new and current Bossa Nova singers including Babel Gilberto, Apollo Nove and Celso Fonseca to name a few.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2021
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  16. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    You can substitute it for any genre. Is it dead? Not really, it just does not get any airplay.
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  17. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    Setzer brought back rockabilly and big band, Bosa Nova is next!
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  18. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    You don't hear too many polkas anymore, either.
  19. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Is Bossa Nova dead? What about Rock and Roll? Motown? Classical? Blues? Blue Grass? Big Band?, Rock a Billy? Disco? 70s Funk?
    I say no.
    Some where someone is listening to it and loving it right now.
    Just because it's not top of the pops right now doesn't mean it's gone and forgotten. I haven't heard much of Beethoven on the radio lately but it's played and loved around the world day in and day out....:D.
    As long as none of these genres of music wind up on the cancel culture kill list they will all be around for a very long time because good music is timeless.
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  20. GretschPraise

    GretschPraise Gretschie

    Jun 26, 2017
    Tampa Bay
    I find it timeless. There's an expressiveness in plucked nylon strings (in the right hands) that can be as emotional as what we do on electric guitars.
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