Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Hailing from the nation’s capital of Brasília, singer Cris Pereira brings classic Samba, Jazz and Afro-Brazilian sounds to her CD and performances


Note from BW of Brazil: Let me just say up front, I LOVE this woman’s voice! Cris Pereira’s soothing voice and mesmerizing rhythms represent so many of the things that first … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Dr. Júlia Rocha: a double threat. Doctor inspires thousands sharing personal stories of patients; is also a successful samba singer that recently appeared on The Voice Brasil


Note from BW of Brazil: These are the types of stories that inspired the creation of the Black Women of Brazil blog! Below we bring you story of Dr. Júlia Rocha, … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

“But….you’re black”: When racial classification leads to stereotypical expectations


  Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s features touches upon a number of issues that are common here on the blog. But as the question and development of identidade negra … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

Second CD of singer Luciana Oliveira based in black rhythms like Hip-Hop, Samba and Reggae


Note from BW of Brazil: Nearly two weeks ago, BW of Brazil brought you the eclectic sounds of Salvador, Bahia singer Larissa Luz, today it’s great to announce the return … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Happy Birthday to singer and state deputy Leci Brandão!


Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so we’re a day late…But, here’s a Happy (belated) Birthday (Parabéns! Feliz Aniversário!) wish to one of Brazil’s most beloved Samba singers and now … Continue reading

September 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

What happened to the black Brazilian woman on May 14, 1888?: The day after the abolition of slavery


Black women on May 14th, 1888 It was a sunny Sunday, when Princess Isabel signed the Lei Áurea (Golden Law) which abolished Slavery in Brazil. When the princess arrived, the … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · 4 Comments

Carmen Costa: The daughter of sharecroppers, the woman with the powerful voice recorded many hits and sang at Carnegie Hall


Yes, I admit knowing that the Mexican rancheira “Cielito Lindo” was written in 1882 by Quirino Mendosa y Cortés, but its transformation into a farewell waltz, in the Brazilian version … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · Leave a comment