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Sergio Mendes concert at the Big Dome




Posted on February 16, 2016


SERGIO MENDES marks 50 years of his seminal album with a concert of bossa nova hits on March 12 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

Mr. Mendes’ concert tour celebrates the 50th anniversary of the album Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, the Brazilian bossa nova king‘s first album which put Brazilian music on the map in the 1960s through 1970s. It was produced by Herb Alpert and Mr. Mendes himself, with songs that integrated Latin jazz and bossa nova with elements of American pop music.

In 2011, the groundbreaking album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and went platinum based largely on the success of its single “Mas Que Nada,” sung entirely in Portuguese with soaring vocals by Lani Hall.

The album also appealed to pop audiences through Mr. Mendes’ versions of the Beatle’s “Day Tripper” and Little Anthony and the Imperials’ “Going Out of My Head.” Other songs included in the album were “The Look of Love,” “Chove Chuva,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Roda,” and “Night and Day,” among others.

Mr. Mendes is a jazz-fusion icon who loves to constantly create new sounds with contemporary artists. In his 2006 album Timeless, Mr. Mendes worked with the Black Eyed Peas on a fresher version of “Mas Que Nada.” He also collaborated with artists like Jill Scott, India Arie, Justin Timberlake and Erykah Badu. More recently, he worked with John Legend, Carlinhos Brown and will.i.am in his 2014 release Magic. The same album also featured the hit single, “One Nation,” the official song of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Over the past five decades, Mr. Mendes has released 55 albums including the Grammy Award-winning Basileiro in 1993 and Bom Tempo in 2010. In 2005, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, making him one of the best Brazilian musicians of all time.

Tickets to Sergio Mendes: A Celebration of 50 Years of Brasil ’66 are available through the Ticketnet Web site.