Preview: Sergio Mendes @ Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall (London; Sunday 5th May 2019)

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Brazilian bossa nova legend brings samba to the Southbank, so expect special guests and sounds that take you to Rio and back.

If there’s one thing people remember about the ’98 World Cup in France, it tends to be that advert. The Brazilian football team, by far the best in the world, kicking a ball through an airport in classic samba style to the sounds of Sergio Mendes. This was the first time I came across Sergio Mendes, and although I later discovered that the incomparable ‘Mas Que Nada’ was originally by Jorge Ben, Mendes’ version would always represent Brazil and bossa nova in my eyes.

A lot of people will have an idea of when they first heard Mendes, showing his encompassing impact on global music. He has crossed genres, continents and styles to produce a huge collection of fantastic music.

Having been a major artist throughout his career, Mendes is adored in Brazil and worldwide, cementing his place at the top with three Grammy awards and an Oscar nomination. The performance offers “Very Special Guests”, and with the number of superstars who have collaborated with Mendes, this could be Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Jurassic 5 and many more, and hopefully not will.i.am.

The music will cover Brazilian classics from the 60s to the present day – a chance to see a legend, and the chance to hear a genre-defining artist in a great concert hall.




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