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Carlos Lyra

Carlos Lyra is a name that has become synonymous with Bosa Nova. It’s as if Bosa Nova has become what it is because of Lyra, and Lyra owes the same debt to the soulful Brazilian Jazz.

Over the past 50 years, Lyra has released 29 recordings, including CDs and LPs, represented Brazil in various international events, written 3 books, taught guitar at his academy, appeared in innumerable shows, wrote, directed, staged and won awards for his plays in Brazil and abroad, wrote music for plays, founded the CPC of UNE, was music director of the National Radio, lived in self-exile for more than eight years, wrote scores for cinema, acted in various films and his music has been brought to life by hundreds of musicians, composers and interpreters all around the world.

Lyra’s early music celebrated the beauty and majesty of Rio De Janeairo, but soon became impassioned with messages of political and social justice. His messages were seen as such an inflammatory threat to the government, that he was eventually pushed into two self-exiles.

Carlos Lyra moved back to his native Rio that originally inspired him to make Bosa Nova, in 1976, and intends never to leave. He continues to make music today.
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Beck "Missing"
Beck
Album: Guero
Genre: Alternative Rock
Moods: Celebratory, Cheerful, Energetic, Quirky, Upbeat
Carlos Lyra "Feio Não É Bonito"
Album: BossaLyra
Genres: Bossa Nova, Latin, Latin Jazz
Moods: Cheerful, Cool, Festive, Mellow, Soothing, Sweet

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AMERICAN CRIME STORY: VERSACE
American Crime Story: Versace.   Listen to Astrud Gilberto's version HERE.

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Legendary Brazilian Jazz songwriter/artist Carlos Lyra's "A Certain Sadness" was featured in EP 303 of American Crime Story: Versace.   Listen to Astrud Gilberto's version HERE.