Bebel Gilberto Wrestles With Love, Loss & Bossa Nova Legacy On Beautiful New Album

Bebel Gilberto is walking her dog – a Shih Tzu who looks like it got a bowl cut – around New York City’s West Village, and smoking a joint. Despite her pedigree (her father is multiple Grammy-winning, pioneering Brazilian bossa nova artist João Gilberto, and her mother is the famed Brazilian singer and composer, Miúcha) Bebel is irreverent, warm and down-to-earth, an instant best friend. 

It’s August 24th, the eve of the release of Gilberto’s latest album, João, and being in New York is bittersweet. It’s the city in which João was recorded, the city of her birth, the city her parents lived in while leaving her with her

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