We’ve put together a collection of 10 Brazilian songs for cooking. Mixing it up with Northeastern Brazilian musicians to original acoustic singles.
Milton Nascimento: Para Lennon & McCartney
Milton Nascimento was raised in Minas Gerais after being adopted by a middle-class family after his mother died when he was just 2 years old. He is a celebrated Brazilian musician with 3 Latin Grammy’s and a Grammy for the Best World Music Album to his name.
Novos Baianos: Preta Pretinha
A four-piece band formed in the 1960s in Salvador by Moraes Moreira, Pepeu Gomes, Paulinho Boca de Cantor e Baby do Brasil.
Criolo: Menino Mimado
São Paulo based band Criolo became a cult favourite with lyrics targeted at social injustice and political criticism.
Maria Gadú: Shimbalaiê
Maria Gadú sprung onto the Brazilian charts in 2009 with her single Shimbalaiê then her 3rd album was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best MPB Album in 2015. She famously performed a live show with Caetano Veloso in 2011.
Luiz Gonzaga: Numa Sala de Reboco
Gonzaga was the first Northeastern musician to make Baião music (originating from the sertão) popular around Brazil. Sala de Reboco features the accordion, a typical instrument of countryside Brazilian music, and talks to the …
Zé Ramalho: Chão de Giz
Ana Carolina e Seu Jorge: É Isso Aí
É Isso Aí is a Portuguese adaptation of Whistle Blower’s Daughter by Damien Rice. Ana Carolina is a singer and songwriter from Juiz de Fora in Minas Gerais who famously shared the stage for singer Seu Jorge for an artistic collaboration in 2009. Seu Jorge is also an actor appearing in cult film Cidade de Deus (City of God) and most recently in Marigela on the Brazilian dictatorship (currently banned in Brazil).
Vanessa Da Mata: Boa Sorte/ Good Luck (with Ben Harper)
Brazilian singer-songwriter and Latin Grammy winner Vanessa Da Mata has 3 number one Brazilian hits: Boa Sorte, Amado and Ai Ai Ai. She’s performed with many other major artists including Chico Cesar, Seu Jorge and Milton Nascimento.
Elza Soares: Mulher do Fim do Mundo
One of the biggest names in samba Elza Soares has been pushing boundaries for over 60 years.
As Tribalistas: Já Sei Namorar
The Tribalistas were formed in 2002 by 3 renowned Brazilian musicians: Arnaldo Antunes (from Titãs), Marisa Monte and Carlinhos Brown (from Timbalada). The group gained a considerable following given their combined fans from their notorious music careers.