WOMAD Interview: Bebel Gilberto


Her father is Brazilian musical  legend Joao Gilberto, now Bebel Gilberto is making her own brand of bossa nova music and bringing it to the world…including New Zealand. 

Bebel Gilberto was in New Plymouth over the weekend to perform at WOMAD 2017. The 13th Floor’s Tim Gruar caught up with her backstage…listen in to their conversation here:


  1. […] By comparison, my interview with Bebel Gilberto, the Brazilian Bossa Nova singer revealed the need to move forward, sometimes, with traditions.  The daughter of Bossa King João Gilberto and born into a musical family, she told me how she wanted to break away from the classic Girl from Ipanema style of the 50’s and 60’s.  She’s worked with techno and dance acts like Mark Ronson and has just finished a new album in Melbourne with acts including A Guy Called Gerald.  That said most of her Sunday set on the Bowl Stage was very close to a lounge act, very much the Rio beach sound.  With a brilliant flamenco/Bossa Nova guitarist and equally skilled drummer she sung her way through a set of warm, charming songs that totally suited the tropical heat of the late afternoon. Adding some glamour in a white, flowing dress, her act added some wonderful glamour to the WOMAD line up and mesmerised the audience. […]

Comments are closed.