Brazil Music / Musicians

My favorites singers/musicians are in bold. The acronym MPB (Música Popular do Brasil) is a genre that includes a variety of styles and rhythm (samba, bossa nova, ballads, and etc). Axé is up-tempo percussion music. It’s difficult to name a specific album or song title—try and sample them on line or find their CDs in your local public library. All the artists listed here have their music available in the U.S., Canada, Europe and on line. Find it on: or

Alcione (al-see-o-knee) Samba
Almeida, Laurindo Jazz, instrumental guitar
Azymuth Jazz, instrumental group
Baleiro, Zeca (ba-lay-roo) MPB, percussive
Benjor, Jorge Samba, samba-rock
Bethânia, Maria (beh-tan-ia) MPB
Bonfá, Luiz Jazz, instrumental, bossa nova
Bosco, João Samba, MPB
Buarque, Chico MPB
Carlos, Roberto Romantic (also sings in Spanish)
Carvalho, Beth (car-val-you) Samba
Caymmi, Dorival Samba, classic music of NE Brazil
Costa, Gal MPB (my favorite female vocalist)
Djavan (ja-von) MPB
Donato,João Bossa nova, instrumental, pianist
Ilias, Eliane Jazz, instrumental, pianist
Gil, Gilberto MPB (one of the best singer/composers)
Gilberto, Astrud Bossa nova (the famous “girl from Ipanema”)
Gilberto, João Bossa nova (the master of bossa nova)
Gonzaga, Luiz Baião (traditional Northeast or country style)
Jobim, Antonio Carlos Bossa nova
Leão, Nara (lay-ow) Bossa nova
Lins, Ivan MPB, jazz
Mendez, Sergio MPB, jazz, avant-guard (CD title: Brasileiro, 1992)
Menezes, Margareth Axé
Monte, Marisa MPB
Nascimento, Milton MPB
Nunes, Clara Samba (classic 60s style)
Olodum Axé, instrumental, percussive
Powell, Baden Jazz, instrumental, guitar
Regina, Elis MPB
Simone (see-mow-knee) MPB
Tamba Trio Bossa nova
Toquinho Bossa nova
Veloso, Caetano MPB (my favorite male vocalist / composer)
Viola, Paulinho da Samba (soft and soothing; classic)