Luiz Bonfá: Manhă De Carnaval


Manhă De Carnaval


Luiz Bonfá (guitar)


Black Orpheus: Original Movie Soundtrack (Fontana 830783)

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Luiz Bonfá (guitar), Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, vocals), João Gilberto (guitar, vocals).

Composed by Luiz Bonfá


Recorded: 1959


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Another recording whose popularity begat a resurgence of public interest in Latin American music, “Manhă De Carnaval ,” the theme song from the movie Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus), helped pave the way for bossa nova to take flight with the American public. This composition, sometimes known in English as "A Day in the Life of a Fool," has become part of the jazz canon, having been recorded countless times; however, this is the track in its original form. Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfá co-wrote the score for the film, which is a retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice tale from Greek mythology. The movie’s award-winning success and widespread popularity ignited the careers of the composers in America and worldwide.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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