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Sergio Mendes on bringing the beat of Brazil to the cinema

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Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes arrives at the premiere of Rio at the Chinese theater in Hollywood, California, on April 10, 2011. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

Sergio Mendes, one of the most successful Brazilian artists of all time, has recorded more than 35 albums and is a three-time Grammy Award winner. Mendes started his career with 1961’s “Dance Moderno” and the groups Bossa Rio and the Sergio Mendes Trio. Global fame came to Mendes a few years after, when he and another group, Brasil ’66, remade “Mas Que Nada.” The hit marked the first time that a song sung entirely in Portuguese hit Billboard’s Pop chart in the U.S., and came to define Brazilian music for many music enthusiasts and converts around the world.

Mendes was the executive music producer and contributed five songs to the animated film “Rio” in 2011.  Mendes, who along with Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett, was nominated for an Oscar for the song “Real in Rio.” The 73-year-old has reprised his role as executive music producer for “Rio 2,” the follow up to the Blue Sky Studios film.

Mendes joins AirTalk to talk about his decades-spanning career and his work on the “Rio 2” soundtrack.


Sergio Mendes, musician with over five-five releases, and executive music producer of the animated film “Rio 2”

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