Não fala que grava!

I’ve mentioned a few of my favourite Brazilian albums in recent months – music by artists such as Jorge BenJoão Gilberto and Novos Baianos to name a few. There are a lot of other artists still to talk about, but one name is particularly conspicuous by its absence.

Antônio Carlos Jobim

Also known as Tom Jobim, this colossus of Brazilian music is known as the main force behind the creation of Bossa Nova and one of the most talented and successful composers of the 20th century. You can’t mention the man without also mentioning his most famous composition, Garota de Ipanema (The Girl from Ipanema). The original (Portuguese) lyrics are so much nicer than the English version that it’s reason enough to learn Portuguese in itself!

For me, it seems like this subject is almost to big to cover – I don’t know enough about him and besides, you can get a better run-down of this man and his story on Wikipedia.

Tom Jobim

Tom Jobim (sounds kind of like Tohn zho-been). The man credited (along with João Gilberto) with the creation of Bossa Nova.


So instead of trying to cover Jobim’s entire career, I’m going to focus on just a single song.

Samba de Maria Luiza

I’m sure this particular track isn’t considered his most important work by any means, but for the sheer effect it had on me when I first heard it, I wanted to tell you about it.  In 1987, Jobim had a daughter with his second wife Ana Beatriz – they named the girl Maria Luiza. In 1994, the year that Jobim died, he released an album, Antônio Brasileiro, which included Samba de Maria Luiza, a song from father to daughter in which he tells her why he loves her so much. And little 7 year old Maria Luiza sings along!

Now then, before we listen to this I should say that I think this is seriously fofo (cute), but I guess if you have a heart of stone (or just very high levels of cynicism) you might find this a bit too sweet. Well, that’s your choice.

Make sure you listen to the end – once the song finishes, little Maria Luiza says “De novo” (meaning she wants to sing it again). The gruff answer from her father is “Não fala que grava!” – Don’t talk, they’re recording!


The lyrics are also very fofo – he describes her eyes as being green like chuchu.


I’ll leave you with a shot of Maria Luiza Jobim as she is today.


A picture of Maria Luiza Jobim taken in late 2011. source


6 replies
  1. Cindy
    Cindy says:

    I think I just melted inside, that’s so precious, thanks for sharing. That’s one more song to my Bossa Nova playlist! haha Usually I’m too lazy to search for his less famous songs, so I only have the the classics like Garota de Ipanema, Águas de Março, Eu sei que vou te amar and my personal favorite Chega de Saudade playing.

    I’ll leave it here for you just in case you haven’t listened to it yet 🙂 João Gilberto’s cover is just as amazing.

    • tomlemes
      tomlemes says:

      Hi again Cindy! Thanks for the link – I don’t think I’ve actually ever heard this version! I know the João Gilberto version very well (and his album of the same name – awesome!).


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