Photos and Words by Shakil Hossain
Few singers have the audacity to perform a full concert with just one instrument to accompany them. Bebel Gilberto is one of them. This Brazilian bossa nova queen performed gracefully at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto last night and delighted a full house audience with just her voice and a guitar. The guitarist played a nylon six string in perfect harmony with Bebel's voice as she swayed along the stage. Dressed casually in jeans and a sweater she changed into to keep warm, Bebel’s beautiful voice captivated the audience as they moved and danced slowly with the singer under dimmed lights. Gilberto sang in both Portuguese and in English, including songs from her new album “Tudo”. She also sang her classic hits like “Momento” and “Aganju” and the enchanted crowd joined in for chorus for both songs.
Bebel’s sense of humour was apparent throughout the show as she worked funny lyrics into her songs like "It's too cold in Canada" and "Toronto is amazing". The crowd responded with cheers. As an ode to Canada, Bebel sang her cover of Neil Young's Harvest Moon which followed by her funny remarks about Neil Young never calling or emailing her to say thank you even though she has sung Harvest Moon many times. Bebel Gilberto’s confidence in her own bossa nova style and voice is probably a result of the singer’s rich musical family background. Bebel’s music differs slightly from the floating bossa nova rhythm style that her father João Gilberto was well known for. Anyone looking for an enchanting night out with bossa nova music will enjoy Bebel Gilberto live.
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