Artist of the Week: Seu Jorge

Although pop samba music may not be an obvious match for the crisper weather coming our way lately, we all need a little something to transport us back to warmer times.  Seu Jorge’s music does just that — its warmth has the ability to make you feel good, even on the coldest of days.

Brazilian singer, songwriter and actor Seu Jorge gained notoriety in North America after recording the acoustic set of David Bowie covers that served as the soundtrack for Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, but his musical influence extends much further.  Inspired by both samba and artists such as Stevie Wonder, Seu Jorge has been a key player in the revived popularity of Brazilian pop samba.  He has released five albums, including his most recent ‘Seu Jorge & Almaz’, and has contributed to the soundtracks of many films, including City of God and The Escapist.

There is no better time to take a mental break from the decreasing temperatures, and no better musician to do it with than Seu Jorge.

Sounds Like:
“Singer Seu Jorge spearheaded the Brazilian samba renaissance of the early 21st century, expanding his audience far beyond South America via featured roles in the internationally acclaimed films City of God and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
– All Music Guide

Influenced By: João Gilberto, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Zeca Pagodinho, Caetano Veloso

About:
“It was the absolute mellowness of Jorge’s voice that stood out: a thick, baritone murmur, robust and sleepy at the same time.”
— Pitchfork Magazine

“Jorge’s a good songwriter, but he separates himself from the pack when taking on a project like this. And with Almaz’s excellent ear for unhurried psychedelic funk supporting such a soulful voice, you get the kind of Brazilian-soul that can please fans from both sides of the conglomeration.”
— Dusted Magazine

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~ by vapormusic on October 7, 2010.

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