The samba “O Que è Que a Bahiana Tem” was recorded by the Brazilian singer Carmen Miranda in 1939. Dori Caymmi, the son of the songwriter, and biographer Martha Gil-Montero explain how the song brought Brazilian music to the global marketplace — with unforeseen consequences for Miranda.
“O Que è Que a Bahiana Tem” was chosen for preservation in 2009 in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
This story was produced by BMP Audio.
(Originally aired: December 24, 2009)