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Electro-Bossa Pioneers BossaCucaNova Return with "Our Kind of Bossa" on February 18th


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As the world is getting ready to put all eyes on Brazil for this year's World Cup, one of the country's own musical treasures, BossaCucaNova will set the stage with their brand new release of Our Kind Of Bossa on February 18 (Six Degrees Records). The eleven tracks are an irresistible fusion of the electro-bossa nova that the group is known and loved for, as well as a heavy dose of danceable, sexy samba, synonymous with the country's culture. This year also marks the band's fifteenth anniversary of founding members Marcio Menescal (son of bossa nova pioneer Roberto Menescal), DJ Marcelinho DaLua and producer/sound engineer Alex Moreira.

Mixing music that feels fresh and modern yet is deeply rooted in traditional Brazilian music has always come naturally to the group. It is that combination which has earned them the respect of the artists they grew up listening to as well as bringing in fans of all generations. A testament to the band's roots and history, the album is chock-full of guest performances from some of the most recognizable names in Brazil's musical history including Maria Rita, recently passed vocalist Emilio Santiago, conductor Flavio Mendes, Carnaval master Martinho DaVila, Wilson Simoninha and many more. Our Kind of Bossa kicks off with “Adeus America" which features legendary MPB band Os Cariocas, a vocal outfit formed in 1942 by Ismael Neto, alongside singer Wilson Simoninha, longtime friend Marlon Sette on trombone and the legendary Oscar Castro-Neves on guitar who passed this last year. The album's closing track, “To Voltando" is a celebration of Brazilian identity and culture. The group's “master" and Marcio's father, Roberto Menescal, contributes strings on the song while Ze Carlos adds guitar.

In its various forms, BossaCucaNova rotates from three to five to seven members. “After 15 years on the road, we are more than a big band - we are a large family!" says Menescal. The current line-up has been together for over a decade now: DJ DaLua, Moreira on keyboards, and Menescal on bass, along with percussionist Dado Brother and vocalist Cris Delanno. The band also rotates in other great musicians and partners on guitars, vocals, sax and flute.

“Somehow we keep doing it our own way, with our own beat, in a unique studio process and production that makes this band so special and timeless. We play and produce wholeheartedly," Menescal concludes.

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