Music: The Old Seducer Returns

Old Seducer Returns Bossa nova's sensual rhythms once again infatuate the pop world

More than 25 years ago, Desafinado and The Girl from Ipanema swayed the world to the sinuous sound of bossa nova. Now a new generation of musicians is discovering the old seducer: Brazil. Some of the world's leading pop stars -- David Byrne, Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel among them -- are intent on weaving novel strands of ethnic music into a fresh, global sound. They have been flying down to Rio for inspiration and coming back laden with rhythm.

Earlier this year Byrne, the leader of Talking Heads, assembled a sampling of 1970s Brazilian pop on the Fly/Sire Records album...

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