Brasileiro won the 1992 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. The album was released at June 17 in 1992.
Mendes went back to the taproots of his heritage, calling upon a plethora of explosive tracks from L.A. sessionmen and give the production a finished sheen. Combining Forro and Samba Reggae with Indiado stomps and shouts, “What Is This” is a romping Bahian take on Hiphop and grafts Portuguese vocals onto a swinging American Funk groove. And the unusual ¾-meter samba “Pipoca” is the creation of do-everything mystery man Hermeto Pascoal.
Mendes draws upon the giants and comers of Brazilian songwriting like Ivan Lins, Gilberto Gil, Joao Bosco, Carlinhos Brown, and Guinga. Mendes vocal blend is Gracinha Leporace who sounds more vibrant than ever. Bassist Sebastian Neto also returns to the Mendes fold.
180 gram audiophile vinyl
1. Fanfarra (Cabua-Le-Le)
4. What Is This?
5. Lua Soberana
1. Senhoras Do Amazonas
8. Fanfarra (Despedida)