Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Mere Oliveira: Award-winning mezzo-soprano, wows international audiences with her vocal prowess


When she was only two years old, Mere loved singing regional songs with her mother that she heard in Taubaté, São Paulo, and the neighboring region. Another style she sang … Continue reading

May 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Happy belated birthday to Dona Ivone Lara: A living legend of Brazilian Samba


Note from BW of Brazil: This post is dedicated to the life and career of one of the great Samba singer/composers, Dona Ivone Lara, whose birthday was two days ago, … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Margareth Menezes and Mariene de Castro are attractions of Pre-Carnaval in northeastern Brazil


Mariene de Castro (left) and Margareth Menezes The pre-Carnival festivities of Aterrinho of Iracema Praia (beach) in Fortaleza, Ceará (northeastern Brazil) were scheduled to conclude its Carnaval preparations in style … Continue reading

February 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Zaíra de Oliveira


Zaira de Oliveira (1891-1951) was a classically-trained soprano that studied at the Instituto Nacional de Música (National Institute of Music) which is currently called the Escola Nacional de Música (National … Continue reading

November 29, 2011 · 1 Comment

Juliana Diniz


Juliana has music in her blood as she is daughter of accomplished singer/musician Mauro and her grandfather is the legendary sambista, Monarco. She became the center of gossip columns all … Continue reading

November 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Juliana Diniz


Juliana has music in her blood as she is daughter of accomplished singer/musician Mauro and her grandfather is the legendary sambista, Monarco. She became the center of gossip columns all … Continue reading

November 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Negra Li


A popular singer who got her start singing evangelical music and Whitney Houston songs. She has gold and platinum CDs in her list of accomplishments and also branched off into … Continue reading

November 18, 2011 · Leave a comment