"Besides recording outstanding versions of the Jobim classics, “Águas de Março”, very similar in tempo and voice tone to Elis Regina’s version, “Fotografia”, and “Água de Beber”, Jussanam reveals herself as an accomplished composer. She co-wrote the sambas “Amanha é Carnaval”, the Brazilian flavored jazz songs “Verão BH”, and “Quer Saber?”, and the interesting composition “O Telefonema”. This track is the jazzier one on the release and starts with an intro sequence of phone recorded messages and ends with a bluesy guitar solo by Asgeir Asgeirsson. Haukur Grondal adds the jazz touch with his melodic sax on “Quer Saber”, “Águas de Março” and “Água de Beber”.
It was also a pleasant surprise to find the name of my friend Manny Cepeda as a co-writer with Jussanam of the samba “Foi você Baiana”. This is a song about falling in love with a baiana, a woman from Bahia. Manny is a Puerto Rican musician/composer living in the United States, and member of the Cepeda family, recognized for keeping the tradition of Bomba music in Puerto Rico.
The album also includes the romantic pop ballad “Voce ganhou meu coracão” and the bossa, “Getta hver hun er”, which Jussanam sings perfectly in Icelandic.
"Brazilian jazz singer, Jussanam, has an uncanny ability to induce transnational collaboration... Her second album, ‘Rio/Reykjavík’, was released to high acclaim. Jussanam’s band features Icelandic musicians and welcomes the summer with warm, sexy beats from Rio." (Newspaper Reykjavik Grapevine-Shea Sweeney)
Soft and relaxing Brazilian Jazz
Jussanam - Rio / Reykjavik
"...The music on Rio / Reykjavik is soft and relaxing latin-jazz and Bossa Nova. The musicians are not of little value;Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, Birgir Bragason,Matthías Hemstock, Haukur Gröndal, Agnar Már Magnússon and Cheick Bangoura.
The songs are all in this soft style, but still there are songs with some variety.Some are in traditional Brazilian jazz style, while others, like the great "O Telefonema" carried out lounge music. Jussanam is a cool song Lady. Her voice and singing style suit this music perfectly.Its nice to hear her singing in Icelandic Gettu hver hún er. The arrangements of þú komst við hjartað í mér is also quite good, and the song sounds good in Portuguese.
Overall, this is a fine album with Jussanam... the album is very well done and flows well throughout."
Traust Juliusson (Frétabladid- Newspaper - 03/01/2013)
The results Status: "Brazilian singer Jussanam and some of the leading jazz musicians of Iceland with a good Brazilian jazz album"
"Last Wednesday evening arrived in Þorlákshöfn the Brazilian Jazz Singer Jussanam da Silva and her pianist Agnar Mar Magnusson. They are on tour through the Nordic countries, and began the journey with a concert in Iceland. The concert brought Bossa Nova, the Brazilian jazz, mixed with Pop songs.
The concert it was very fun and kept the audience in ecstasy and restorative into the night after the concert. Those who missed the concert can breathe easy because Jussanam and Agnar will play a concert with the same program in the Tónlistarskóla Árnesinga next Saturday" (Sveitarfélagið Ölfus - Thorlakshöfn City Hall web site - Iceland -23/08/2012)
"The Festival in Isafjördur, Við Djúpið is over...many great musicians were performing there showing their best but...my favorite was her, the stunning Jussanam Dejah" June 2012 - (Skúli Mennski/Skúli Þórðarsson - Musician/composer)
"Jussanam Dejah sang like an Angel accompanied by Agnar Már Magnússon"
"Ela é carioca is the first studio album by Brazilian singer and actress Jussanam produced in Iceland...she has already enriched the Icelandic musical scene ...the voice of Jussanam is bright and beautiful , perfect for this kind of music. She is no less them others popular and Bossa Nova singers like Ivete Sangalo and Rosa Passos in her graceful and sensual interpretation...It is welcomed that the winds of destiny have blown fresh Bossa nova currents to Iceland and it will be interesting to monitor Jussanam in the near future."
"Is there anything sweeter than a Brazilian samba, specially if it is of an Bossa Nova origin and created by the master Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim?... the song pearls where many from the opening song “Dindi” to the last one “Samba de Uma Nota Só”...We could relate Da Silva to the Brazilian athletic jumper who snatched the gold from our Vilhelm in the past, at the Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. But she is charming singer with a good voice …but what toped the night for me was the singing in Portuguese which I find the most beautiful language to sing in...A lovely night that warmed the root of one’s heart in the cold of the night."