Mas que Nada

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"Mas, que Nada!"
Song by Jorge Ben
from the album Samba Esquema Novo
ReleasedJanuary 10, 1963
Songwriter(s)Jorge Ben
Producer(s)Armando Pittigliani

"Mas, que Nada!" (Brazilian Portuguese: [mas ki ˈnadɐ]) is a song written and originally performed in 1963 by Jorge Ben on his debut album, which became Sérgio Mendes' signature song in his 1966 cover version. It was voted by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone as the fifth greatest Brazilian song.[1] It was inducted to the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013.[2]

Title meaning[edit]

Brazilians use Mas que nada (or just que nada) colloquially to disagree with someone. A fitting English translation might be a sarcastic "Yeah, right!".

With many recordings, the title song is incorrectly written Mais que nada[citation needed] (Portuguese for "more than nothing") which would fundamentally alter its meaning. Also it should not be confused with the Spanish más que nada, which means "more than anything", or "above all", and is used in the sense of "mainly" or "principally".

Prates 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 Jor's "Mas, que Nada!", especially the Sergio Mendes version.[3][4][5][6]

Sérgio Mendes version[edit]

"Mas que Nada"
Sergio & BEP - Más que nada.jpg
Single by Sérgio Mendes featuring The Black Eyed Peas
from the album Timeless
Released10 July 2006
  • 3:32 (single version)
  • 4:22 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Jorge Ben Jor
Sérgio Mendes singles chronology
"Mas que Nada"
"That Heat"
The Black Eyed Peas singles chronology
"Pump It"
"Mas que Nada"
"Boom Boom Pow"

Sérgio Mendes covered the song with his band Brasil '66 on their debut album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (1966). In the United States, the single reached number 47 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number four on the Billboard Easy Listening chart. This 1966 version is the best-known and, to many, the definitive version of the song.[citation needed] In 1989, Mendes re-recorded the song on his album Arara; in Brazil, the song is also well known for being the theme song for the local television channel Globo's Estrelas.

In 2006, Mendes again re-recorded the song, this time with The Black Eyed Peas and additional vocals by Mendes' wife, Gracinha Leporace, for his album Timeless. This version contains a sample of their 2004 hit "Hey Mama". The record performed well on many European charts. On the UK Singles Chart, the song entered at number 29 and peaked at number six on its second week on the chart. The song appeared as part of the EA Sports 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany and NBA Live 07 video games. This version was also included in the 2011 animated film Rio (along with another version recorded in the style of Brasil '66) and its soundtrack, an episode of 90210,[7] in the 2012 video game Just Dance 4, and was also featured in Over Her Dead Body during the opening of the film.

Track listing[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


Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[33] Gold 50,000*
Germany (BVMI)[34] Gold 150,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] 71,750[citation needed]^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other uses[edit]

The song is used in Disney's Animal Kingdom, "Mickey's Jammin Jungle Parade" in Orlando, Florida, and in the films Joe Versus The Volcano, Rio and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. The song is also used in a 1998 Nike advertisement, featuring the Brazilian national football team playing football in an airport.

Professional darts player Diogo Portela uses the song as his walk-on music.

Other versions[edit]

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


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