The 5-minute Interview: Sergio Mendes, Musician

'Take more responsibility for those who have nothing'


The Grammy Award-winning Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes, 67, has made 39 albums. His most recent, 'Encanto', is out now

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be...

Doing a promo tour in France.

I wish people would take more notice of...

The world around them. They should take more responsibility for those who don't have anything.

A phrase I use far too often is...

I like that.

The most surprising thing that happened to me was...

Being invited to open for Frank Sinatra on his tour. I've always been a big fan but I'd never met him.

A common misperception of me is...

I don't know of any.

I am not a politician...

And I don't think that I could be. It's not in my blood.

I'm good at...

Being a father and ahusband.

I'm very bad at...

Painting, cooking and football. All three.

The ideal night out is...

In Brazil on a little island watching the stars, drinking great wine with friends and family.

In moments of weakness I...

Pray.

I n another life I'd havebeen...

A great chef.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is this...

Enjoy one day at a time – and share with people.

Alice-Azania Jarvis

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