bebel gilberto

Over the weekend, I tuned into XM Radio’s world music station. I’ve been doing this more and more lately – ever since we started a short-lived debate about whether NewTunes should include foreign language music.

There’s not much rhyme or reason to their playlist (that I can tell), so it can be very hit and miss. For example, I came across kind of a house/trance jazz song called “Aganju” by a woman named Bebel Gilberto. The song is very ethereal and a bit haunting, and I really loved her voice. Here’s the track…

Immediately after this song, there was a very traditional choral version of “Danny Boy,” the Irish tear-jerker. Wasn’t really a smooth transition.

But all-in-all, XM radio is a great source of finding new music. It comes with DirecTV, but if it weren’t for that, I’d find it to be unfortunately expensive.


1 Response to “bebel gilberto”

  1. 1 Nick
    January 29, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Jon, Thanks for featuring one of the hottest and hippest in world and nu jazz. She is the daughter of João Gilberto (for those who follow jazz) and at a very young age sang with Stan Getz. You can hear her fathers influence in the songs like Tanto Tempo and So Nice. I can could go on but I will give it a rest. I’ve just been a fan of Bebel ever since she came on the scene in the late 80’s. Did I say she collaborated with David Byrne and Thievery Coperation. Thanks again for featuring such a great artist in your blog.

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