Aquarela do Brasil

"Aquarela do Brasil" ("Watercolor of Brazil"), also known in English-speaking countries simply as "Brazil", is one of the most popular Brazilian songs of all time, written by Ary Barroso on a pluvious night in 1939. It was first recorded by Aracy Cortes later that year. This song marked the creation of a new genre, the samba-exaltação (Exaltation Samba), which was looked upon favorably by the nationalist dictatorship of Getúlio Vargas. Some people have suggested that the composer was kowtowing to the Vargas regime. Although the Barroso family strongly denies it, Ary Barroso is known to have written at least one anti-fascist song, "Salada Mixta," recorded by Carmen Miranda in October 1938. The song has been successful through the years and has been played in many different styles, from a cappella to orchestral arrangements.

Main covers

Year Artist Album Source
1939 Francisco Alves
1947 Django Reinhardt Quintette du Hot Club de France
1957 Frank Sinatra Come Fly With Me
1958 Bing Crosby Fancy Meeting You Here
1960 Ray Conniff Say It with Music (A Touch of Latin)
1963 Paul Anka Our Man Around the World
1970 Antonio Carlos Jobim Stone Flower
1970 Erasmo Carlos Erasmo Carlos & Os Tremendões
1975 Elis Regina A Arte de Elis Regina
1973 Banda Eletrica Banda Eletrica
1975 The Ritchie Family Brazil
1976 Chet Atkins Guitar Monsters
1976 João Gilberto Amoroso (later re-recorded in Live in Montreux)
1980 Gal Costa Aquarela do Brasil
1980 Simone Ao Vivo
1987 Ney Matogrosso Pescador de Pérolas
1990 Harry Belafonte Around the World with the Entertainers
1997 Pink Martini Sympathique
1998 Vengaboys The Party Album
1995 Dionne Warwick Aquarela do Brazil
2000 Rosemary Clooney Brazil
2002 Cornelius Point
2004 Martinho da Vila Apresenta Mané do Cavaco
2005 Arcade Fire Rebellion (Lies) (B-side)
2005 Daniela Mercury Balé Mulato
2005 Plácido Domingo Lo Essencial de
2007 Chick Corea & Béla Fleck The Enchantment

Usage in popular culture


1999 Being John Malkovich (trailer) Spike Jonze

Year Film Director
1942 Saludos Amigos Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts
1943 The Gang's All Here Busby Berkeley
1944 The Three Caballeros Norman Ferguson, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts
1948 Sitting Pretty Walter Lang
1956 The Eddy Duchin Story George Sidney
1976 Silent Movie Mel Brooks
1980 Stardust Memories Woody Allen
1985 Brazil Terry Gilliam
1998 There's Something About Mary Farrelly brothers
1999 Three to Tango Damon Santostefano
2003 Carandiru Hector Babenco
2003 Something's Gotta Give Nancy Meyers
2004 The Aviator Martin Scorsese
2006 Sicko Michael Moore
2007 Bee Movie (Trailer) Steve Hickner
2008 WALL-E (Trailer) Andrew Stanton

Television programs

Year TV Series Episode
1996 Dexter's Lab "Dimwit Dexter"
2002 The Simpsons "Blame it on Lisa"
2007 Vidas Opostas Theme song
2008 Eli Stone Theme song and during episode previews


  1. Ary Barroso, Giant of Brazilian Song
  2. Original lyrics, ibid.
  3. English and Spanish translations of the lyrics, ibid.
  4. The Political Side of Ary Barroso by Daniella Thompson

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