Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown teamed up last year on the music of the animated film Rio, and the partnership of the Brasil '66 veteran and the idiosyncratic composer-percussionist from Bahia once again yielded successful results. The two have been nominated for an Oscar for Best Song for "Real in Rio," which was co-written by Siedah Garrett, John Powell and Mikael Mutti.
John Powell contributed the soundtrack and Mendes was executive music producer for Rio, which also includes the songs "Let Me Take You to Rio (Blu's Arrival)" by Brown, Ester Dean and Mikael Mutti; "Fly Love" by Brown and Garrett; "Funky Monkey" by Garrett, Brown and Mutti; "Sapo Cai" by Brown, Mutti and Mendes; "Valsa Carioca" by Mendes; and, "Forró da Fruta" by Brown and Mutti, as well as "Samba de Orly" by Toquinho and Chico Buarque (performed by Bebel Gilberto) and "Hot Wings" by Will.i.am, who co-produced the album Timeless with Mendes in 2006.
Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown collaborated on the noteworthy Brasileiro in 1992. which showcased Brown and fused MPB and Rio samba with axé music and funk. The record won the Grammy Award in 1993 for Best World Music Album (the Brasileiro liner notes are here).