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Luana is a bossa nova tune written by Itaiguara for his daughter. The lyrics describe, in a bittersweet tone, the difficulty of living far away from one’s child. It features the legendary drummer Paulo Braga who was a core member of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s band for 15 years.



When you had to go away
My life was in disarray
Till I understood, finally
You would have all you’d ever need

When you were born you were given the moon
Then the smile, the grace, the wisdom followed soon
Deep in your eyes I could see the light
You’re a gift to life

Now, though I’m not by your side
I still strive to earn your pride
And your faith in me, dear
My little girl, my hope, my love


from Awakening, released May 6, 2015
Itaiguara: backing vocals, guitar, double bass
Greta Panettieri: lead vocals
Oriente Lopez: flute
Ofer Assaf: tenor sax
Paulo Braga: drums
Mauricio Zottarelli: percussion (shaker)
Klaus Mueller: piano
Laura Metcalf: cello



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itaiguara New York, New York

Itaiguara is a New York City-based recording artist and bassist/guitarist. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he has toured internationally and recorded extensively with a wide range of Latin and World Music artists such as: Dom Salvador, Marcos Valle, Chuck Loeb, Leny Andrade, Paulo Braga, Randy Brecker, Roberto Menescal, Leo Gandelman, Paquito D'Rivera ...
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