Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

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

"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

The meaning of Whitney Houston and the obstruction of a black female pop superstar in Brazil


Whitney Houston (1963-2012) With the recent passing of pop music superstar Whitney Houston, radio stations have been playing Houston’s hits around the clock, as is customary when a well-known artist … Continue reading

February 15, 2012 · 4 Comments