Sergio Mendes has left Concord Records, where he released his last three albums, for OKeh Records, an imprint of Sony.
The 73-year old Bossa Nova bandleader plans are to release a new album in May in advance of the 2014 World Cup which is being held in Brazil.
The album is described as an “eclectic and upbeat Brazilian rhythms will feature guest vocalists John Legend, Janelle Monae among others.” Mendes’ last three albums, Timeless (2006), Encanto (2008) and Bom Tempo (2010), have all mixed Sergio’s Latin rhythms with modern styles such as hip-hop, including new versions of some of his best known songs.
Wulf Muller, head of A&R for OKeh, said “Sergio is a music legend and we are proud at OKeh that he chose the label for the next chapter in his astonishing career.”
Bogdan Roscic of Sony Music Masterworks added “2014 will be an exciting year for Brazil and Brazilian music – and Sergio Mendes’ new album will be one of the records of the year. Everybody at Sony Music Masterworks looks forward to working with this true icon to deliver another outstanding contribution to one of the greatest catalogs in the business.”
Along with the new album, Mendes has also contributed five songs to the soundtrack of the movie Rio 2 which will be released on April 7. Sergio received his first Oscar nomination in 2012 for the song Real in Rio from the first movie in the series.
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