Wanda Maria Ferreira de Sá (born July 1, 1944) (also Wanda de Sah) is a Brazilian bossa nova singer and guitarist, active from 1964 to the present day.
Her first guitar teacher, when she was 13, was Roberto Menescal. Later, she worked with Sérgio Mendes in his group Brasil ’65’ and also with Marcos Valle and Kátya Chamma. Francisco Tenório Júnior and Ugo Marotta played on her debut album Vagamente in 1965.
She was married to songwriter Edu Lobo from 1969 until 1982.
In 2011, she made her first appearance in the United States since 1999, playing with Marcos Valle at Birdland in New York City. The Wall Street Journal described her as “legendary”. National Public Radio called her “one of Brazil’s best-kept musical secrets”. (wikipedia)
When at 13 she enrolled at Roberto Menescal’s guitar academy, Wanda Sá (also known as Wanda de Sah), a successful bossa nova artist, was spotted by Ronaldo Bôscoli and invited to appear on the programs Dois no Balanço (TV Excelsior) and O Fino da Bossa (TV Record). Starting her professional career at 19 with Wanda Vagamente (1964), one of the earliest arranging assignments by Eumir Deodato, Sá launched “Inútil Paisagem” (Tom Jobim/Aloysio de Oliveira) and the earliest compositions by Edú Lobo, Francis Hime, and Marcos Valle.
The album, launched at the Fino da Bossa show (at the Paramount Theater in São Paulo), was a success (having been reissued in Japan in the decade of the 2000s) and had a hit with “Vagamente” (Roberto Menescal/Ronaldo Bôscoli). By the end of the same year, she joined Sérgio Mendes’ Brasil ’65 (with Rosinha de Valença and Jorge Ben Jor), realizing successful shows in Brazil and the U.S., where Brasil ’65 was recorded (with the participation of Bud Shank and the Sérgio Mendes Trio).
She also recorded in the U.S. the solo Softly and performed both in Brazil and the U.S. with the Sérgio Mendes Trio. In 1966, she returned to Brazil where she did shows with Baden Powell, Vinícius de Moraes, Mièle, Luís Carlos Vinhas, and the Bossa 3. In 1969, Sá participated in Paul Desmond’s Hot Summer. Married to Edú Lobo from 1969 to 1982, a period in which she left the scene, Sá returned in the late ’80s, performing shows with Roberto Menescal and Mièle, recording Brasileiras in 1994 with Célia Vaz. In 2000, she recorded with Luís Carlos Vinhas, Tião Neto, and João Cortez the CD Wanda Sá & Bossa Três with bossa nova classics and new compositions. Four successful seasons at the Sabbata Tokyo turned the CD Wanda Vagamente into a hit, having reached second place on the top charts. In 2001, she participated with Roberto Menescal, Marcos Valle, and Danilo Caymmi in the Fare Festival (Pavia, Italy). (by Alvaro Neder)
In 1965, Sergio Mendes and his trio conducted their first out-of-Brazil experiment: They recorded in L.A. for the first time in what proved to be their first major move into the U.S. market and their embrace of the new bossa nova sound. Accompanying the Mendes band were then-great vocalist Wanda de Sah and guitarist Rosinha de Valenca. This is deeply swinging bossa; it is crisp and pops out at the listener in every conceivable way. It features exotic and pioneering rhythmic work, smooth accessibility, and sophisticated melodies, many of which were written by the hottest talents in Brazil, such as Marcos Valle (“Samba de Verão” [aka “So Nice”]), Baden Powell and Vinícius de Moraes (“Berimbau”), João Donato (“Muito a Vontade”), Edú Lobo (“Reza”), and of course Antonio Carlos Jobim (“One Note Samba” and “She’s a Carioca”).
Also adding to the jazzed-out nature of the new bossa flavor was Bud Shank blowing alto on “So Nice” and other cuts, which had its lyric — -as did “One Note Samba” and a few others — translated into English. But the appeal of Shank’s appeal with this band cannot be overrated. Shank took the shimmering mist that Getz contributed to bossa nova and punched it up and gave it an edge and some raw emotion. This stands with Mendes’ best work from Brazil and is truly one of his American highlights. (by Thom Jurek)
Wanda de Sah (vocals)
Sergio Mendes Trio:
Chico Batera (drums)
Sérgio Mendes (piano)
Sebastião Neto (bass)
Bud Shank (saxophone, flute)
Rosinha De Valenca (guitar)
01. So Nice (Samba De Verão) (M.Valle/S.Valle) 2.11
02. Favela (Somewhere In The Hills) (Jobim/de Moraes) 2.56
03. Berimbau (Powell/de Moraes) 3.19
04. Tristeza Em Min (Guimaraes/Tavares) 2.00
05. Aquarius (Donato/Mello) 2.24
06. One Note Samba (Samba De Uma Nota So) (Jobim/Mendonca) 2.22
07. She’s Carioca (Jobim/Gilberto/de Moraes) 3.25
08. Muito A Vontade (Donato) 2.59
09. Let Me (Deixa) (Powell/Gimbel) 2.50
10. Consolação (Powell/de Moraes) 3.11
11. Reza (Lobo/Guerra) 3.04