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ENGLISH > BIOGRAPHY  Josee Koning | Bossa Nova | Samba | Jazz [1]

Dutch singer Josee Koning is Holland’s leading lady in Brazilian music.
She has an international career working with the best musicians from Brasil like Ivan Lins, Dori Caymmi, João Bosco, Nelson Faria and many others.

Josee has always had a passion for Brazilian music. She was the co-founder of the legendary Brazilian fusion group Batida in 1980. Batida recorded three albums, toured internationally and played at the North Sea Jazz Festival.

Josee Koning's cooperation with Brazilian musicians started off in 1995 with her first solo-album Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim. It was recorded in Los Angeles, and produced and arranged by the famous Brazilian Dori Caymmi who also worked with stars like Sarah Vaughn, Herbie Hancock and Elis Regina. In April 1996 Josee even shared the stage with Dori and his also famous musical family in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

In October 1998 Dori Caymmi came to Holland to record Josee's second solo-album entitled Dois Mundos / Two Worlds. In addition he brought his friend, the famous Brazilian singer/composer Ivan Lins to sing some of his songs with Josee. The album was successfully released in the Netherlands and Brazil. In 2004 the track Coração Vagabundo was even used for the Brazilian telenovela Seus Olhos, broadcasted by SBT.

Ivan Lins has been participating in Josee's musical projects since. He had a leading role in Josee's third album Recorded in Rio, that was recorded in the famous Discover Studio in Rio de Janeiro. This album was arranged and produced by Uruguayan guitar virtuoso Leonardo Amuedo, and featured drummer Teo Lima and accordion wizard Sivuca.