Carmen Miranda: O Que è Que a Bahiana Tem

Inside the National Recording Registry

Friday, April 12, 2013

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.

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)

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