8 May 2024

Music with Kirsten Zemke: Bossa nova

From Nine To Noon, 11:05 am on 8 May 2024

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Collection of Bossa Nova album covers.

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Music commentator Kirsten Zemke looks at bossa nova, literally "new trend" in Portuguese.

The wave of bossa nova renewed samba and contributed to a modernisation of Brazilian music. Kirsten breaks down the syncopation and discusses some of the themes running through bossa nova's most popular songs.

Kirsten Zemke is an ethnomusicologist at the University of Auckland's School of Social Sciences.