Mas Que Nada (6:17)

Cover of Music for Latin Jazz Lovers

From Music for Latin Jazz Lovers and 3 other releases

“Mas, que nada” is an expression used by some Brazilians that means “No way” and is a song originally written and performed by Jorge Ben in 1963, which in a later cover version became the signature song of Sérgio Mendes. In the United States, it is one of a few Brazilian songs that is widely known.

Mendes covered the song on his 1966 Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ‘66 album. Elza Soares and Maria Creuza also recorded versions.

Dizzy Gillespie included a cover on his 1967 release, Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac.

Bossa singer Sitti from the Philippines did a remake of this song, which is included on her album, Café Bossa. Al Jarreau also did a cover version on his 1994 album Tenderness. French jazz guitarist Marc Antoine performed an instrumental version on his 2001 album Cruisin’. Echobeatz released a housy/dance version in 1998. L.A. Transit performed a version on the Denon Jazz Sampler Vol. 1 in 1985. Serbian pop singer Madame Piano also covered it, while Croatian cellist Walter Despalj did an arrangement of the song for a group of cellos. Swedish singer Lill Lindfors has also covered this song.

Nike used a 1963 cover by Tamba Trio in an advertising campaign for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, prompting that version of the song to crack the UK Top 40, reaching Number 34 in the summer of 1998.

Ava Leigh has covered the song. This version has recently been used in UK television commercials for clothing chain Next.

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