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"I was surprised when my voice turned that lonely island into a turtle... But that song you played for me...My mother used to sing it often...long ago... Those eggs were laid to remind me of that."
Lulu

The "New Wave Bossa Nova" (潮騒のボサノバ Shiosai no Bosa Nova?, Sea Roar Bossa Nova) is a song from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. This song, when played on Zora Link's Guitar of Waves, restores Lulu's voice and prompts her to sing along, which awakens the sleeping Giant Turtle. The song's significance to the Zora is relatively unknown; however, because both the hatchlings and the Giant Turtle seem to know the song by instinct or by memory, it may have been a song of religious importance to either the Zora or another group of Great Bay denizens. Lulu's mother sung the song long ago, which Lulu remembers upon hearing it played.

Link can play the "New Wave Bossa Nova" on the Ocarina of Time by playing Left-C, Up-C, Left-C, Right-C, Down-C, Left-C, Right-C. The actual pitches of the notes translate as follows: B, D, B, A, F, B, A.

Story

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After Link retrieves the seven Zora Eggs, who were stolen from Lulu, singer of The Indigo-Go's, he takes them to the Marine Research Lab on the Great Bay Coast. The eggs are released into the carefully temperatured water tank, and they quickly hatch. The newborn Zora align themselves with the five musical "bar" lines on the wall in the tank, and take the form of notes. The Professor asks Link to quickly get out his instrument. Zora Link learns the "New Wave Bossa Nova" on his guitar. With this new song, Link travels to Zora Cape and plays the song for Lulu. Lulu's voice is restored, and she sings along with Link's guitar playing. Shortly thereafter, a nearby island reveals itself to be a Giant Turtle who serves as a protector of the Great Bay Temple. He tells Link about evil occurences at the Great Bay Temple and takes him away to the temple, leaving behind the confused Lulu.

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Etymology

"New Wave" is a term used for any new movement that occurs in various art forms. In music, New Wave is an inexact term used for a popular category of music that reached the height of its popularity in the 1980's. The Go-Go's, whose named inspired that of the The Indigo-Go's, were part of this movement in the late 1970's and early 1980's. It is also possible that this part of its name was intended to double as a reference to the waves of the Great Bay.

"Bossa Nova" is a Brazilian musical style that existed during the late 50's and early 60's. Stylistically, it is similar to jazz and samba, besides it's based on "New Wave".

There's a famous and beautiful music of Bossa Nova named "Wave", by Tom Jobim (composer of "Garota de Ipanema" aswell), and "Wave" lyrics is about love (recalling the seahorses saved in the prior moment) and a lot about sea, shore and city, besides being fullfilled of nostalgia, recalling the whole moment of the game. Possibly the game song is a tribute, being the "New Wave".

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