Mas que Nada

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"Mas que Nada"
Song by Jorge Ben from the album 'Samba Esquema Novo'
Recorded 1963
Genre Samba
Language Brazilian Portuguese
Length 2:40
Writer Jorge Ben

"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.[1] The song was inducted to the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame.[2]

The meaning of the title[edit]

In Brazilian Portuguese slang, mas, que nada (literally, "but, that [is] nothing") means "no way", "whatever", or "yeah, right!" In many recordings, the title song is incorrectly written "Mais que nada", Portuguese for "more than nothing". Correspondingly the title should not be confused with the Spanish más que nada meaning "more than nothing" (in the sense of "mainly" or "principally").

Early version[edit]

In 1958, Brazilian artist José Prates recorded a track called "Nanã Imborô" that appears on his album "Tam... Tam... Tam...!" (1958, Polydor Brasil - LPNG 4.016), which features the same melody later heard in Jorge Ben's "Mas que Nada", especially the Sergio Mendes version.[3][4][5]

Interpretations other than Jorge Ben's[edit]

Other Brazilian artists who recorded the song include Elza Soares and Maria Creuza.

Echobeatz released a cover version in 1997, and a house/dance version in 1998.

  • 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.
  • Nike used a 1963 cover by Tamba Trio in an advertising campaign for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, prompting that version of the song to crack the UK Top 40, reaching Number 34 in the summer of 1998.
  • Ava Leigh has covered the song. This version has recently been used in UK television commercials for clothing chain Next.
  • Jessy J recorded a cover of this song in her album Tequila Moon (2008).
  • 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 Idea of North perform "Mas Que Nada" a cappella, and have recorded a version on The Sum of Us (2001) featuring James Morrison on trombone.
  • 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[edit]

"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
Recorded 2005
Genre MPB, hip hop
Length 3:32 (single version)
4:22 (album version)
Label Concord, will.i.am
Writer(s) Jorge Ben
Producer(s) will.i.am
The Black Eyed Peas chronology
"Pump It"
(2006)
"Mas que Nada"
(2006)
"Boom Boom Pow"
(2009)

Song information[edit]

Mendes covered the song on his album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio 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.

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 and NBA Live 07 video games. This version was also included in the 2011 animated film Rio and its soundtrack, an episode of 90210[6] in the 2012 video game Just Dance 4, and was also featured in Over Her Dead Body during the opening of the film.

Tracklisting[edit]

  1. "Mas Que Nada" (Radio Edit) – 3:33
  2. "Mas Que Nada" (Masters at Work Remix) – 8:03
  3. "Mas Que Nada" (Original Brazil '66 Version) – 2:41

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[9] 12
Brazilian Top 100 Chart 1
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[10] 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 1
France (SNEP)[12] 40
Germany (Media Control Charts)[13] 9
Hungarian Airplay Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart[14] 14
Italy (FIMI)[15] 37
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 6
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[18] 13

Sales[edit]

Country Sales
United Kingdom 71,750

It is used in Disney's Animal Kingdom, "Mickey's Jammin Jungle Parade" in Orlando, Florida.

Ava Leigh version[edit]

"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
Format Digital download
Genre Reggae
Length 2:43
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Jorge Ben

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.

Charts[edit]

Charts (2008) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 1281
[19]
Notes

1 Note that it was "Mad About the Boy" which charted in the UK Singles Chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Azevedo, Zeca (2009). "As 100 Maiores Músicas Brasileiras – "Mas que Nada"". Rolling Stone Brasil (in Portuguese). Spring. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Latin GRAMMY Hall Of Fame". Latin Grammy Award. Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gilles Peterson - Tam... Tam... Tam...! - C4 News, 2014.05.18". Channel 4 News. YouTube. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "More to Brazil than just football and the samba". Channel 4 News. Channel 4. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tam... Tam... Tam...! (1958)". Acervo Ayom: Música e Espírito (in Portuguese). Blogger. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  6. ^ CW Music | Soundtracks | Featured Artists
  7. ^ "Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas – Mas que nada – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas – Mas que nada" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas – Mas que nada" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert {{{year}}}{{{week}}} into search.
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas – Mas que nada" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  14. ^ "Mas que nada in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 6 June 2013.  1st result when searching "Mas que nada"
  15. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas – Mas que nada". Top Digital Download.
  16. ^ "Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas – Mas que nada – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Sergio Mendes & the Black Eyed Peas" UK Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "Timeless awards on Allmusic". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "UK Singles Chart Chart Positions 2008". Zobbel. zobbel.de. Retrieved 17 April 2009.