It`s a rhythmic, sensuous, captivating style of Brazilian music, created in 1958 and made popular at the end of the decade. It's popularity quickly spread from its roots in Rio`s Southside, throughout South and North America and across into Europe. Young musicians and college students embraced it's unique avant-garde style, which was adopted by many jazz artists worldwide. Recently, contemporary European artists have reached out to Bossa Nova, giving it a new edge, often called Tecno Bossa or Bossa Electrica its enduring rhythms have permeated lounge bars right across the world.

Bossa Nova is most commonly performed on the nylon-string classical guitar, played with the fingers rather than with a pick. Its purest form could be considered unaccompanied guitar with vocals, as exemplified by many of the famous Bossa Nova Artists. Even in larger jazz-like arrangements for groups, there is almost always a guitar that plays the underlying rhythm.

The piano, is another important instrument of Bossa Nova, often seen as a bridge between Bossa Nova and Jazz, forming a contemporary merging of the two. 


In Brazil, to do something with "Bossa" is to do it with particular charm and natural flair, as in an innate ability. The term "Bossa" was used to refer to any new "trend" or "fashionable wave" within the artistic beach-culture of late 1950's Rio de Janeiro. The term finally became known and widely used to refer to a new music style, a fusion of Samba and jazz, when the now famous creators of "Bossa Nova" referred to their new style of work as "a Bossa Nova", as in "the new thing".