Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

French newspaper refers to singer Anitta as ‘Rio’s Beyoncé’ because of her rising international success

Note from BW of Brazil: Everybody wants the Queen B’s throne! And for years, it seems that Brazil’s media has been hell bent on finding a woman who would be … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · 3 Comments

Singer Ludmilla is among a list of Brazilians nominated for the Latino Grammy Awards

Note from BW of Brazil: Love her or hate her, you gotta admit, singer Ludmilla don’ come a LLOONNGG way baby! I still clearly remember several years ago hearing her … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

With all the force of a black woman: Zaika dos Santos uses her music, encompassing various styles, to combat structural racism

Note from BW of Brazil: If one were to divide Brazil’s scene into style and genres, there would be enough for every region of to be considered its own country. … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baiana singer Larissa Luz branches off into a solo career mixing elements of Jamaican music, Candomblé and Rock

Note from BW of Brazil: Talented singer/songwriter Larissa Luz paid her dues as the lead singer of the popular bloco afro Ara Ketu and is now carving out a name … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Crossover appeal: How racially stigmatized music is accepted when the face is white – The case of singer Anitta

Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so there’s a lot going on here in this post. The posts touches on many of the topics that are regularly discussed on this … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · 8 Comments

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

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