‘Bossa De Hyrule’ Reimagines Zelda Music With Laidback Brazilian Beats – Feature

Marco B Divaio

Image: Steven Morris Just prior to Nintendo Life VGM Fest kicking off in mid-August, we were contacted by Steven Morris — a musician and prolific producer of VGM covers — about a recent project he had undertaken to fuse music from the Legend of Zelda series with the relaxing tones […]

Image: Steven Morris

Just prior to Nintendo Life VGM Fest kicking off in mid-August, we were contacted by Steven Morris — a musician and prolific producer of VGM covers — about a recent project he had undertaken to fuse music from the Legend of Zelda series with the relaxing tones and chilled beats of bossa nova. The result is Bossa de Hyrule, a five-track mini album that takes you on a very pleasant journey across the series from A Link to the Past up to Twilight Princess.

We’ve been listening to it for a while, and we recently caught up with Steven via email to find out more about the project, the instruments he used to create these rich sounds, and how he chose the five tracks on the album from all the glorious possibilities…


Nintendo Life: Your album puts a bossa nova spin on some classic Zelda tunes. For the benefit of non-musicians, could you explain what defines that style and why you chose it for this project?

Steven Morris: Bossa nova started in Brazil in the late ‘50s and is a slow-to-mid-tempo style that combines a jazz harmony with a “clave” rhythm. I was hearing the Dark World theme from A Link to the Past in this style in my head and thought it would be humorous to record.

Somewhere along the line the name Bossa de Hyrule came to me, and that’s when I decided to record a mini album of Zelda music.

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