Sergio Mendes - Mas Que Nada (1963)

In 1958, Brazilian artist José Prates recorded a track called 'Nanã Imborô', that appears on his album 'Tam... Tam... Tam...!' , which features the same melody later heard in Jorge Ben's 'Mas que Nada' and especially the Sergio Mendes' 1963 version.

Sergio Mendes - Mas Que Nada (1963)

Thiago Thome/Ary Barroso - Aquarela do Brasil 1939

Brazil Brazil - Thiago Thomé

ITV's World Cup theme is Thiago Thome's version of the song Brazil. A samba that became a crooners' standard, it was once a weapon in the war for the soul of Brazil.

Samba was the twerking of the 1910s - music for improper dancing at parties in downtown Rio. But by the 1940s, one samba, Aquarela do Brasil, had become Brazil's unofficial national anthem - and not just because it's so much more hummable than the lofty Hino Nacional Brasileiro. That has much to do with President Getulio Vargas, who seized power in the 1930 revolution and - with Mussolini as his model - dissolved parliament, eliminated his opposition and controlled the media.
Vargas also invented a new national identity, says journalist Misha Glenny: "Football as the national sport, samba as the national dance and carnival for the masses. All the things we think of when we hear the word 'Brazil' - these were Vargas ideas, popularised in order to bind together perhaps the most diverse population on Earth." But to satisfy the Department of Propaganda and Cultural Diffusion, samba had to change from what you might call the "gangsta samba" of the 30s, with lyrics telling tall tales of roguish anti-heroes.
Together with Rio's municipal bureaucrats, the department encouraged samba schools to develop patriotic songs. "Carnival", says historian Bryan McCann, "became expressly a festival of civic instruction."

Into this atmosphere of fascistically organised fun stepped Ary Barroso, a lawyer turned composer. Famous as a Simon Cowell-like judge on a radio talent show, Barroso wrote sambas that celebrated all things Brazilian.
One rainy night in 1939, he wrote the opening lines of Aquarela do Brasil (Watercolour of Brazil): "Brasil, meu Brasil brasileiro." This translates as "Brazil, my Brazilian Brazil". Never have four words been more Brazilian, before or since.
The censors had issues with some colloquialisms and a folksy reference to tambourines, but Barroso persuaded them that his "samba exaltacao" was modern and patriotic enough to meet their exacting requirements.
So Brazil found itself with a new orchestral samba - a popular, dignified hymn to the homeland. Aquarela do Brasil was first performed at a charity event hosted by the president's wife, and with the backing of the Radio Nacional it became inescapable.
Barroso was himself no zealot - he went on to write Salada Mista, an attack on the Munich Pact, and Aquarela do Brasil itself was a song that simultaneously celebrated the country's ethnic mix while gratifying the despots.
None of his many imitators would have such success and samba exaltacao was itself superseded, but Aquarela developed its own life abroad. Walt Disney, visiting Brazil in 1941, heard the song and decided it would be performed on film by Jose Carioca, a dapper cigar-chomping parrot.
Jose may be a quaint character, but his close friendship with Donald Duck was no act of whimsy on Disney's part - and neither was Disney's subsequent meeting with Barroso at an American consulate party in Rio.
Uncle Walt had been sent by Nelson Rockefeller as part of Franklin D Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy, which aimed to make Vargas and other Latin American leaders regard America as a friend. Rockefeller's job involved the propagation of benign imagery of a united North and South America. Donald and Jose embarked on cinematic adventures, underwritten with a $150,000 government guarantee.
So Aquarela do Brasil moved to the US with a new title - Brazil - and began its second political life, performed by Carmen Miranda in a hat of fruit and promoting Brazil as a tropical paradise, in contrast to Hollywood's previous negative portrayal of feckless Latinos.
The Good Neighbor programme gave way to the Cold War. In the meantime, the song acquired English lyrics - less of a watercolour, more of a holiday romance - and joined the repertoires of the Crosbys and the Sinatras. Terry Gilliam made it the sound of freedom in his 1985 dystopian film Brazil, and it remains the only composition to have been recorded by both Arcade Fire and the Vengaboys. Its appeal transcends genre as well as politics - few songs with such political baggage have such a strong melody, or are quite as danceable.
With the World Cup, it's back home in more ways than one. As another Brazilian government hopes that football will unite a divided nation, ITV's choice of samba is somehow very fitting.

Colton Ford - The Way You Love Me (2007)

From singer to porn star to singer, Glenn Soukesian, a.k.a. Colton Ford has blazed a unique path to the dance floor:
Born 1962 in Pasadena, Colton got out of high school and his family really tried to dissuade him from getting into music as a profession, so he started going to college. He landed a gig in a dinner theater nightclub with six singers a night perform musicals and contemporary music. Colton got into a jazz quartet and hit the jazz club scene in Los Angeles. He moved to Los Angeles and heard Dawna Montell spinning in a nightclub. Making friends with her, Dawna heard his music and inroduced him to Romey, who has been his manager off and on ever since 1986. At that time, Romey was with Formula One which was Jon St. James' production company, which produced Stacey Q and Louis Louis and they were looking for a male vocalist so Colton got a go at a single called 'The Hardline' in 1986. A year and a half later, he signed to Mighty Productions, owned by Michael O'Hara and Denise Rich. At that time he was working with a producer who was co-producing Frankie Knuckles' second album. Colton started working on an album but there was a conflict of interest with the record label Virgin. They were having a hard time with Colton being white and being the front singer for Frankie Knuckles, He was replaced by Adeva. About four years later he had another deal on the table with Virgin, but Virgin cut back and Colton got shelved. He negotiated a deal with Third Stone, but before the album was finalised, the company folded. Colton's music career was stalling.

At that time he got to know Blake Harper and dating him. Blake was at the top of his game in the porn world and was going to film a scene and to pose for a calendar. His scene partner couldn't get from New York to Palm Springs because of 9/11, so Blake asked if Colton if he wanted to stand in. At the time Colton was in a 9 to 5 job and wasn't content with what he was doing. Bored and stagnant musically, he thought what the hell. Thirty-nine years old and with an opportunity to leave boring corporate America, he created Colton Ford.
But he never really left music and inbetween his porn bookings, he kept composing and trying to move forward musically. In July 2002, both Colton and Blake felt burnt out and we were introduced to Chris Long, who at the time was with Miramax Films. He had heard Colton's music and got him into dance music, knowing that the gay community, who followed him through his porn career, would stay loyal. So it seemed a natural fit for him.

Colton Ford - The Way You Love Me

Colton Ford - The Way You Love Me (Morel's Pink Noise Mix)

Blue Ray ft. Jimmy Somerville - You & Me (2007)

Blue Ray ft. Jimmy Somerville - You & Me (2007)

Steve Mac & Steve Smith - Lovin' You More (2005)

Steve Mac & Steve Smith - Lovin' You More/The Big Track - Freemasons Remix (2005)