Two decades ago, a group of musicians met and started playing together in London. Among them, Brazilian singer Mônica Vasconcelos, British pianist Steve Lodder and Brazilian guitarist Ife Tolentino. “When I left Brazil in the early 90’s, it wasn’t cool to be into Brazilian music. My friends were listening to rock”. Seven albums later, a collective of musicians, under the benevolent rule of an obstinate - but always loving - Mônica have made a DVD in celebration of their 20 years in the city where they all met.
London Bossa features 6 specially recorded performances where the band is seen playing original songs on a stage, 3 audio-only tracks, and the hour-long documentary '20 Years of Us'. What is this about? The attraction of Brazilian music to musicians all over the world. The model of togetherness that jazz offers the world. English humour meeting Brazilian. Stories behind the songs. Mônica’s family life and the eye condition which affects her and her brother. People they met along the way, this includes a guest appearance by rock and jazz legend Robert Wyatt.
A few words from Mônica “Making music has become harder, now that recorded music has lost its commercial value. Still, I had to make this DVD to celebrate what are, to me, some of the most important things in this life: Creativity. Friendship. Great musicianship. I also want to celebrate the beauty of Brazilian culture, away from the cliché's and stereotypes.”
“Vasconcelos leaves us in no doubt that she is one of the most sophisticated Brazilian artists to have made the UK's shores her home.” (Songlines)
“exquisitely celebrates music's healing power. The whole album's soaked in it.” (Mojo)
Performance 0:00 – 31:31
2) Canto Pra Cira
5) Coisa de Fome
6) Nega Deleite
Documentary 0:00 – 01:01:28
1) London Bossa: 20 Years of US
Audio tracks: 0:00 – 14:89
2) Menino (Jaboticaba)
3) Sabonete do Mato