Mas que Nada
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|"Mas que Nada"|
|Song by Jorge Ben from the album 'Samba Esquema Novo'|
"Mas que Nada" is a song written and originally performed by Jorge Ben on his debut album, which in a later cover version became the signature song of Sérgio Mendes. The song was voted by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone as the 5th greatest Brazilian song.
The meaning of the title
In Brazilian Portuguese slang, mas, que nada (literally, "but, that [is] nothing") means "come on", "no way", "Whatever", or "Yeah, right!" In many recordings, the title song is incorrectly written "Mais que nada", Portuguese for "more than nothing". The title should not be confused with the Spanish más que nada meaning "more than nothing" (in the sense of "mainly" or "principally").
Interpretations other than Jorge Ben's
Mendes covered the song on his album Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 (1966). In the United States, the single reached No. 47 on the Billboard pop chart, as well as No. 4 on the easy listening chart. He recorded a new version for the 2011 animated film Rio and its soundtrack.
A rumba version is featured on the album Patato & Totico by Patato Valdes and Totico Arango (1968).
The Chopsticks, a Hong Kong female duo, covered this song on their first LP The Chopsticks: Sandra and Amina (1970).
The Sacramento Freelancers Drum and Bugle Corps performed this song as part of their 1976 show.
Klaus Wunderlich under the pseudonym Chris Waxman released a spirited version during this period, performed on the Hammond Organ, for the opening track on a special Phase 4 Stereo album Organized (1968) (London/Decca SP 44119).
Al Jarreau also did a cover version on his 1994 album Tenderness.
L.A. Transit performed a version on the Denon Jazz Sampler Vol. 1 (1985).
Serbian pop singer Madame Piano also covered it, while Croatian cellist Walter Despalj did an arrangement of the song for a group of cellos. Swedish singer Lill Lindfors has also covered this song.
Covered by Jane McDonald in her 7th album 'Jane' in 2008.
Miriam Makeba covered the song on Miriam Makeba in Concert! (1967) and Live from Paris & Conakry (1996).
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet recorded a version for their 2007 album LAGQ Brazil.
The Slovenian XL vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile performed the song in a cappella arrange at Vokal Xtravaganzza 2008 (YouTube).
Nossa released a version in 2012.
Sérgio Mendes version
|"Mas que Nada"|
|Single by Sérgio Mendes featuring The Black Eyed Peas|
|from the album Timeless|
|Released||29 May 2006|
|Format||CD single, digital download|
|Genre||MPB, hip hop|
|Length||3:32 (single version)
4:22 (album version)
In 2006, Mendes re-recorded the song with The Black Eyed Peas and additional vocals by Mendes' wife, Gracinha Leporace; a version that is included on his album Timeless. In Brazil, the song is well known for being the theme song for the local television channel Globo's Estrelas. The Black Eyed Peas' version also contains a sample of their 2004 hit "Hey Mama". The re-recorded song became popular on many European charts. On the UK Singles Chart, the song entered at number 29 and rose to and peaked at number six on its second week on the chart. The song appeared as part of the EA Sports FIFA World Cup 2006 video game and NBA Live 2007 video game. This version was also included in the Rio film soundtrack, an episode of 90210 and in the 2012 video game Just Dance 4.
- "Mas Que Nada" (Radio Edit) – 3:33
- "Mas Que Nada" (Masters at Work Remix) – 8:03
- "Mas Que Nada" (Original Brazil '66 Version) – 2:41
|Austrian Top 75||8|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||7|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||12|
|Brazilian Top 100 Chart||1|
|Czech IFPI Chart||6|
|Dutch Top 40||1|
|French Top 100||40|
|German Top 100||9|
|Hungarian Airplay Chart||1|
|Ireland Singles Chart||14|
|Italian Top 50||37|
|Swiss Top 100||4|
|UK Singles Chart||6|
|US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||13|
It is used in Disney's Animal Kingdom, "Mickey's Jammin Jungle Parade" in Orlando, Florida.
Ava Leigh version
|"Mad About the Boy/Mas que Nada"|
|Single by Ava Leigh|
|from the album Rollin'|
|A-side||"Mad About the Boy"|
|Released||5 May 2008|
British singer Ava Leigh covered the song for her debut album, Rollin'. The song was released as a Double-A side with popular song, "Mad About the Boy". The song gained popularity after being featured in the UK summer adverts for clothing chain Next. A music video was filmed for "Mad About the Boy" and shows Leigh walking through various places singing the song.
|UK Singles Chart||1281
1 Note that it was "Mad About the Boy" which charted in the UK Singles Chart
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