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Martin Jonas
Jun-18-2016, 5:01pm
Luiz Bonfá: "Manhã de Carnaval"
From the movie "Black Orpheus" (1959)

This is the principal theme (and most famous tune) from the soundtrack of the 1959 Brazilian movie "Black Orpheus" ("Orfeu Negro"). It has since then become a bossa nova classic, with dozens of cover versions.

My recording on mandolin, with tenor guitar backing, is based on an arrangement by Larry Kolse available in Tabledit format from the Mandozine site:


Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin
Vintage Viaten tenor guitar

I tried uploading this to Youtube, but it has been blocked by the copyright holder -- strangely so, as there are dozens of other cover versions on the site. So, I'm attaching it as an MP3 instead.



Bill Snyder
Jun-18-2016, 11:18pm
Nice job Martin.

Jun-18-2016, 11:45pm
We just played an orchestra arrangement of this in our Mandolympics concert last weekend. Maybe I can get the video posted sometime soon.

Jun-19-2016, 12:22am
Great tune! Well played! Thanks for sharing.
I love all of the different variations that people have recorded over the years.

I play a version based on one by David Grisman & Frank Vignola from "The Living Room Sessions"
Here's a recording by me and my brother (acoustic guitar) backed by electric


Here's the one by DG & FV. Super awesome!


Jun-19-2016, 2:36am
Martin and colorado_al, very enjoyable listening! :mandosmiley: :)

Martin Jonas
Jun-19-2016, 1:40pm
Thanks a lot!

Colorado_al: that's a great rendition of the tune! It's used in the move both as a slow song and as a more uptempo instrumental carnival theme. I first came across it in the cover version by Joan Baez many years ago (on her "First Ten Years" compilation), which is why my version matches her slow moody tempo. Grisman's, and yours, is based on the much livelier carnival theme. It's a great tune either way, and well-suited to the mandolin!