Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Jorge Ben Jor - Mas que nada

The song "Mas que nada" is mostly identifiable with Sergio Mendes who made it one of Brazil's biggest ever international hits in 1966. However what is less known is that this song was written and previously recorded by Jorge Ben Jor in 1963. He was born Jorge Duilio Lima Menezes and took his stage name from his Ethiopian mother's last name Ben. In 1989 he added "Jor". He is still active having performed on the Brazilian leg of the Live Earth concerts held in 2007.

This is a clip from 1969 of a performance by Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 with Tom Jones.

Sergio Mendes performing with the Black Eyed Peas in this 2006 music video.

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