Carmen Miranda: O Que è Que a Bahiana Tem

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Carmen Miranda


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.

Studio 360’s series Inside the National Recording Registry was just honored with a 2012 Peabody Award.
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(Originally aired: December 24, 2009)