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Category Archives: Brazilian Popular Music

The art in the blood of Júlia Dias: Daughter of multi-artist Maurício Tizumba, actress prepares for ‘Elza: O Musical’ about one of Brazil’s most important singers

Note from BW of Brazil: Before I ever knew who Júlia Dias was, I knew who her father was. I remember being in Belo Horizonte (BH), which is the capital city … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

“I was underestimated by my popular music colleagues” – Singer/rapper Negra Li appears on late night talk show and reunites with rap group RZO

Note from BW of Brazil: Singer/rapper Negra Li has made a name for herself over the past few decades with her mixture of Hip Hop inflected beats, pop and música black … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

From a musical family and a new generation of Brazilian singers, Luciana Mello discusses her career and latest CD

Daughter of long-time Samba singer Jair Rodrigues and sister of one Brazilian Popular Music’s new generation of talent, songwriter/producer/singer Jair Oliveira, Luciana Mello began her career at only five years … Continue reading

February 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Overcoming all prejudice, Ellen Oléria, the overweight, black, lesbian, afro-rockin’ sista, wins The Voice Brazil competition

BW of Brazil has been wanting to do a piece on singer/musician Ellen Oléria since about March or April of this year, but other stories kept pushing back her debut on … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

Elza Soares: “Brazil’s Tina Turner and Celia Cruz; the BBC’s “Singer of the Millenium.”

Described as “an explosive mixture of Tina Turner with Celia Cruz,” by Time Out magazine, the main cultural guide of London, Elza Soares (da Conceição) is today an icon of Brazilian music. … Continue reading

December 2, 2012 · 5 Comments

Zaíra de Oliveira: One of the Brazil’s greatest singers that you’ve never heard of

Originally published on Monday, November 28, 2011Republished in recognition of Month of Black Consciousness Zaíra de Oliveira (1891-1951) was a classically-trained soprano that studied at the Instituto Nacional de Música … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · 4 Comments

"Meu Alvo" music video: Brazilian Soul music from Donna Liu

Beginning her career in 1996 singing gospel music in various evangelical churches in Salvador, Bahia, Donna Liu,  singer  and  composer,  presents  innovative  and inspiring compositions to an audience that craves … Continue reading

November 16, 2012 · 3 Comments