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Olivia and Francis enthral audience with Bossa Nova concert
April 15, 2017, 3:20 pm

The recently concluded Bossa Nova concert, which was organised by the Embassy of Brazil in cooperation with Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiyya as part of the ‘Waves of Brazil’ cultural program, drew a huge applause from audiences who attended the first-ever Bossa Nova concert held in the country.

Renowned couple Olivia and Francis Hime performed to a full auditorium and entertained audiences with their unique style and rhythm creating waves of appreciation from an international audience present at the concert.

Belonging to the second generation of Bossa Nova singers, Olivia and Francis have enhanced this genre of music that has gained increasing popularity beyond the borders of Brazil. They have performed on the famous Copacabana Beach in Rio in front of an audience of over 30,000 people, giving the music an amazing exposure.

Bossa Nova style started in the 1950s on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. The genre can be traced back to its inventors, Antonio Carlos Jobim (Tom Jobim), a gifted composer, and Joao Gilberto, guitarist and singer, both from Rio. It was discovered by a musician from America who had traveled to Brazil and jammed with these two gentlemen. It then quickly spread throughout America, especially during the era of jazz music, around the 1960s.

The influence of Jazz on Bossa Nova and vice versa is a unique blend of rhythm that now forms the body and soul of this music. “Brazilian music is very rich and Brazilians like music very much,” Francis points out in a recent chat with The Times Kuwait. The couple have performed on many continents including Europe, Asia and Africa spreading harmony and creating awareness of this unique form of Brazilian music. “The melody between Bossa Nova and Jazz has a striking difference,” reveals Olivia adding that harmonisation between the two is unique.

Olivia and Francis have been married for years, and got to know each other during childhood. Most of their lives were spent and evolved performing on stage with their passion and love for music.  “Music is what binds me and my wife. We share our talents with everyone. This is our life — we are connected to people through our music. We are working and learning every day,” said Francis, who is a well-known composer in Brazil with 26 popular albums and counting.  “We go around the world to promote Brazilian music,” he added.

The accomplished and famous musician-couple have extremely successful careers spanning decades; their love for music and each other seems inseparable and it reflects on the brilliant performance they gave at the concert in Kuwait.

The Ambassador of Brazil H.E, Norton Rapesta revealed that a grand symphony is being planned soon, as part of the Waves of Brazil program and in celebration of 50 years of bilateral cooperation between Kuwait and Brazil.

 - Staff Report

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