Recognized by the BBC as the “Best Singer of the Millennium,” legendary Brazilian chanteuse Elza Soares is an essential contributor to Gilles Peterson’s new concept album Brasil Bam Bam Bam. Peterson tapped some of the country’s leading artists to represent the nation’s different music styles under the group name Sonzeira. Soares features on the classic Brazilian track “Aquarela do Brasil”—a song she’s actually never recorded before. Peterson then asked DJ and producer Mark E to
remix her rendition, which he does with fantastic finesse by leaving Soares’ haunting vocals to harmonize a stripped-down bossa drum beat.