Muita Bobeira is a track from Luciana Souza’s 2005 album, “Duos II,” which was included in the default, sample tracks of Microsoft Windows Vista, hidden inside the system folder “\Windows”, complete with album artwork and ID3 information. It’s probably some Microsoft employee’s favorite artist or song is my guess.

Grammy-nominated Souza is one of Jazz’s leading singers and interpreters, born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1966. Daughter of poet Tereza Souza and singer-composer-guitarist Walter Santos, she graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Composition. She then received a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and taught for four years at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Since age of three when she began recording jingles for commercials (more than 200 jingles and soundtracks), Souza career led her to work with various jazz greats, chambers, and philharmonic and symphony orchestras, to the likes of Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider, Danilo Perez, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, composer Osvaldo Golijov, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, to name a few. However, her longstanding musical relationship with Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, who provides the acoustic performance in this track, has earned her accolades across the globe.

She has 50 records as a side singer and eight album releases, including four Grammy nominated records: Brazilian Duos (2002), North and South (2003), Duos II (2005), and Tide (2009). Since 2004, Souza has been the Jazz Artist in Residence with the San Francisco Performances. She also married music producer Larry Klein in 2006.

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Sources: Wikipedia | Luciana Souza Official Website | Last.fm

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This track is a Capitol radio session, circa 1981 or 1982, very early on the career of Basia Trzetrzelewska, long before she became a solo artist and popularized herself with her album, “Time and Tide.” Basia provided the vocals with Ian Lynn on the piano. Music by Ronnie Ross and lyrics by Peter Ross. The album was called “Basia and Danny White rarities, 1981.”

Basia Trzetrzelewska is a Polish singer-songwriter and record producer. She is noted for possessing a wide vocal range, approximately three octaves that span from contralto to soprano tessituras, as well as her singular jazz-influenced stylings and multi-layered harmonies. Born in Jaworzno, Poland, she debuted as a guest of local amateur rock band Astry and performed with them on Polish Festival of Beat Avangarde in Kalisz, where they won in 1969. She later relocated to London in 1981. It was there she met Mark Reilly and longtime collaborator Danny White (brother of jazz guitarist Peter White). In 1983, the trio performed as the jazz-pop group Bronze but later changed their name to Matt Bianco and recorded their debut album Whose Side Are You On?, released in 1984.

After launching her solo career in 1987, her first album Time and Tide was released which sold almost two million copies, hitting it on the top 30 list on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Sources: Wikipedia | Yaunar Berbinar Senar

I Miss You is from this Finnish artist’s 2005 album, “Seasons of Life.” Born Janita Maria Ervi née Raukko in Helsinki on December 28, 1978, she started her career in Finland and later moved to Brooklyn at the age of 17. Janita has released five albums in her native Finland—one of which, Tunteita (2001), was released in English to the U.S. market. Seasons of Life was released in the United States on 16 May 2006 and in Japan on 21 September 2006. Her latest album, Haunted, was released worldwide on 27 July 2010 by Engine Company Records.

Before moving to Brooklyn as a seventeen-year-old, Janita had already been a superstar outside of the United States. In her native Finland she was a national icon, the premiere recording artist on radio and television, awash with awards, constant touring and commercial success: a historic and pioneering career, all while still a teenager. She was quickly signed by Sony after moving to New York, capitalizing on her international celebrity. Her eponymous debut was followed by 2001’s I’ll Be Fine and 2006’s Seasons Of Life, the latter scoring her two Top-40 hits on the US Charts. But throughout, Janita saw her own musical vision often being pushed aside for what she was told would be “safer” and in everyone’s best interest.

On the heels of her most commercially successful release to date, Janita returns with her highly anticipated new album, Haunted. The latest in an already acclaimed discography, Haunted is helmed by an artist with the courage and determination to evolve—not only out of artistic desire, but personal necessity.

“The great artists aren’t afraid to grow while retaining what was unique about them in the first place.”

Sources: Wikipedia | Engine Company Records | Facebook | MySpace

Shy Guy was Diana King’s first single, co-written and produced by Andy Marvel, from her debut album Tougher Than Love, which reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and certified gold by the RIAA. It also reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and number one Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart. After having sold nearly five million singles worldwide, the song made the soundtrack to the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 1995 Michael Bay-directed film, Bad Boys, starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.

Diana King is a reggae fusion singer-songwriter born to a Jamaica Indian mother and an African father. She is currently writing and recording under her own record label, ThinkLikeAgirl. She also tours Asia annually. Her fourth studio album Warrior Girl was released in Japan on September 22, 2010.

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Remember that sultry dance number of Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez? Oh, man! Of course, I’m talking about the movie “Shall We Dance?” a romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons. I love how Lopez describes to Gere about dancing the rumba:

Paulin (Lopez): “The rumba is the vertical expression of a horizontal wish. You have to hold her, like the skin on her thigh is your reason for living. Let her go, like your heart’s being ripped from your chest. Throw her back, like you’re going to have your way with her right here on the dance floor. And then finish, like she’s ruined you for life.”

This song “Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre)” was performed by the Paris-based music group Gotan Project composed of a French, an Argentine and a Swiss. The song comes from the La Revancha del Tango album was featured as the music for the main dance sequence in the 2004 movie. The name of the trio is a play on the name of a famous tango compilation album, the Tango Project, that featured several American classical musicians who came together to record a tango album. Hence, the word “Tango” became “Gotan.”

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Sources: Wikipedia | IMDB

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