Older: Songs In The Feminine Key


Published: 02/28/2017

by Scott Adams


Program #1292 - 'Songs In The Feminine Key'

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Sunday's Brazilian Brunch celebrates a musical birthday for singer Fabiana Passoni with several of her best tunes and the softer side of Brazilian song! Only on Sundays at 5 am, 9 am, 2 pm and 8 pm Chicago time and only on The Sounds of Brazil webstream. And read our Brazilian Brunch preview every Sunday from our home page.

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This week’s show:

My Producer's Notes

Listen to The Sounds of Brazil every three hours beginning at 6am Central Time daily.

Take a quick peek at our playlist on the Brazil Club Lounge page this week and you'll see  songs from Rio's Marcela Biasi, New York's Bebel Gilberto, Atlanta's Janelle Monae and Sao Paulo's Gisele de Santi. They are following the path forged by the ‘household names’ of Brazilian music: from Carmen Miranda to Marisa Monte and Elis Regina, who's birthday is March 17th. 

And every year at this time, The Sounds of Brazil celebrates with ‘Songs In The Feminine Key’.

Where do we start? Maybe with Joyce, who was the first femme in Brazilian song to write songs from a woman’s point-of-view. Or Gal Costa – thought of by many as Brazil’s greatest Diva. Newcomers like Patricia Talem, Luisa Maita, Monica da Silva, Fabiana Passoni, Clara Moreno, Vanesa da Mata, Céu, Marcela Mangabeira and Patricia Marx lead a new generation that – for the first time – promises to challenge the mostly male hierarchy.

Astrud Gilberto transformed Bossa Nova by coming to New York as João Gilberto’s wife, and then staying on to become the world’s musical ‘girl from Ipanema’. Back home, she was a virtual unknown due to a plethora of rising stars to fill the feminine sky: Nara Leão, Sylvia Telles, Miucha, Rita Lee and Wanda Sa – that’s the beginning of a long list of 60’s stars who paved the way for other women to follow: Rosa Passos, Jane Duboc, Rosalia de Souza, Tutti Bae, Maria Rita, Salena Jones, Bebel Gilberto, Sabrina Malheiros, Zelia Duncan and many more.

Carmen Miranda broke cultural barriers in the 30’s to become a larger than life symbol of Brazilian exuberance, and she carried her country’s music with her. Elizeth Cardoso was the musical mother who incubated the first Bossa Nova song in the late 50’s. Here, she represents a cadre of pre-Bossa female vocalists who ruled Brazilian radio in the first half of our century past, including Doris Monteiro, Hebe Camargo, Dalva de Oliveira and Aracy de Almeida.

And that’s just on the vocal side of Brazilian music. Rosinha de Valança picked up her guitar in the mid-60’s to break into Rio’s studio session scene, and went on to become part of Sergio Mendes’ first US band. She opened the door for generations of Brazilian women players: Eliane Elias, Badi Assad, Celia Vaz, and Tania Maria continue the tradition.

What about his side of the equator? Lani Hall, Kevyn Lettau, Kenia, Basia, Karrin Allyson, Flora Purim, Luciana Souza  - even Dionne Warwick, Lisa Ono and Sarah Vaughan -  have lent their talents to Brazilian song.

This is but a short list and a survey the universe of Brazilian music would reveal that women make up a close minority. Men may write more songs and record more hits but the personality of Brazilian music – especially Brazilian jazz, Bossa Nova and MPB – is indisputably feminine.

I hope that you’ll enjoy ‘Songs In The Feminine Key’ this month through the pages of BrazilClubUSA.com and on The Sounds of Brazil radio show and its webstream channel, too.

It’s a month that also celebrates birthdays for Fabiana Passoni, Carol Saboya and Astrud Gilberto. We’ll take a break to welcome the arrival of “spring, Brazilian-style” and wrap up the month by lighting another candle for our favorite ‘Girl Form Ipanema’.

Many years ago, I was able to play a part in preserving Elis Regina’s life story, the English version of the book ‘Furacão Elis (Hurricane Elis) by Regina Echeverria and translated by Robert St-Louis. It’s free to read anytime from this page. And if you have not yet introduced yourself to Giselle de Santi’s music (and here award-winning song) please be sure to visit the Lounge page at Brazil Club sometime soon.


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 'Songs In the Feminine Key!'

Hour 1:

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

The Waters of March<>Basia/Clear Horizon – Best of Basia

Meu Segredo<>Federico Conti/Shades of Brazilelectro

Here We Are (Toda Pra Voce)<>Gloria Estefan/Exitos de Gloria

Welcome to The Brazilian Club Lounge

Espada  de Prata<>Celia Vaz/Ebb & Flow


Heartbreak<>John Klemmer/Brazilia (radio only)


Set 2:

Introduce Next Set

Maria De Verdade<>Marisa Monte/Rose & Charcoal

Callie<>Joyce Cooling

Introduce Next Set                           

See You In Rio<>Joyce/Music Inside

The Mood Is Modal<>Beat Girls/The Mood Is Modal

Bem Bom<>Gal Costa/Gal Costa


Set 3: Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

My Cheri Amor<>Alexia Bomtempo/Astrolabio

Francesa<>Ricardo Silveira/Storyteller


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Hour 2:

Set 1:

All Around<>Bebel Gilberto/Bebel

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Adriana<>Wanda Sa/Vagamente

Green Eyes<>Marcos Ariel/My Only Passion

O Que Sera<>Vanessa da Mata/Rio


Bom Dia<>Roberto Vally/Boom Boom Boom

Set 2:

Introduce Brazil Back2Back: Paulinho Garcia

Like Someone In Love<>Paulinho Garcia/Beautiful Love 

Andança<>Grazyna Auguscik & Paulinho Garcia/Andança

Introduce This Week’s Featured Artist                                                                      

How Insensitive<>Liz Story/My Foolish Heart

Azul Da Cor Do Mar<>Ivete Sangalo & Criolo/Viva Tim Maia

In My Life<>Paul Leiberman/Ibeji


Set 3:

Eu Vim da Bahia<>April Aloisio/Footprints

Spring Ain’t Here<>Pat Methany/Letter From Home

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Next week, we’ll ‘Celebrate Elis’ Regina, with some of the best songs from this legendary vocalist. And our exclusive ‘Third Hour’ on The Sounds of Brazil webstream will include a few more rare and wonderful tunes, too. All part of our month-long theme for ‘Songs In The Feminine Key’!

I hope you’ll enjoy the show and please - tell a few friends about us on WDCB, Downtwon Dayton Radio and the New Mix105Indy.com. It's always great to share the music.

Always a pleasure,


Scott Adams

The Sounds of Brazil!



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03/01 3:00 pm CT Wednesday: Streaming debut at Brazil Club

03/03 8:00 pm ET Friday: Jazz City Radio

03/04 11:00 pm ET Saturday: Lite Mix 105 HD2 Indianapolis

03/05 10:00 am ET Sunday: Lite Mix 105 HD2 Indianapolis

03/05 10:00 am ET Sunday: Mix 105

03/05 12:00 pm CT Sunday: Smooth Jazz Expressions

03/05 2:00 pm CT Sunday: WDCB 90.9 FM Chicago

03/05 5:00 pm ET Sunday: Downtown Dayton Radio

03/05 8:00 pm ET Sunday: WHJZ New Buffalo

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