There’s something magical and effortless about it. Jorge Ben’s voice is unlike any that I’ve heard – sometimes wild and gritty, and other times soft and soothing.
Even if I can only understand a few Portuguese words, his emotions and expressions carry across. Created during the dictatorship in Brazil, there’s an underlying melancholy in between upbeat rhythms and grooves.
I love an album with dynamics and this one sweeps me away with gorgeous string arrangements, heavy percussion, and an irresistible blend of samba, funk, and soul.
Every time I put this album on, I’m transported back to Brazil, where my heart soars over lush, green hills. Until I make my way back there, I’ll always return to this work of art.
Chelsea Rose’s “Fallin’” single is out now.