Brazil is celebrated for being the birthplace of Samba. Samba is a musical genre with manifest origins from many places over the African continent. Bossa nova is a style of Brazilian music that evolved from Samba. Although they are very similar, Bossa nova tends to have less emphasis on percussion and rhythm, focusing on complex chord progressions and harmonies.
One of my favorite songs is written by Brazilian guitarist/ composer João Gilberto featuring himself, his wife Astrud, and Stan Getz on Alto Sax. When first recording the song in the studio Gilberto convinced his wife Astrud to sing along in English. Astrud, a native Brazilian Portuguese speaker who knew few words in English annunciates the unfamiliar words in a way that makes her delicate female vocals an essential contribution to song.