Music is my life. I live it, I love it, I’ve studied it and I’m still learning about it. Like cooking for me, I can never learn enough about music..all kinds!!! I’ve always been eclectic in my tastes…punk, opera, jazz, new wave, rock, lounge…it always depended on my mood and the time of my life as to what would move me. So when I was introduced to Brazilian music by Ludmilla a whole new and exciting world of music opened up for me. Of course I’d heard of Bossa Nova and Samba…but what was it? What did it mean? Little did I know that it would become one of my favorite genres to date!!
Brazilian music encompasses so much! A mixture of African, European and Amerindian forms, it has permeated the culture of Brazil. When you walk down the street, music is playing on loudspeakers. During Carnival, huge floats filled with popular Brazilian singers line the streets singing for hours at a time to hundreds of thousands of people. It is a music filled with love, with history, with emotion…I love it!
So ,I look forward to sharing the history of Brazilian music with you! For now I’m going to share my exciting meeting with one of the first Brazilian singers I was introduced to…Maria Rita.
When I first heard the music of Maria Rita I was like..wow..her voice is amazing…then I read about her history. Her father was famed pianist/arranger César Camargo Mariano and her mother was Elis Regina, regarded as one of Brazil’s greatest female singers. She studied Latin American Studies and communications at New York University before embarking on her solo career, following in her mother’s footsteps. Her influences follow jazzy vocal styles including one of her models Ella Fitzgerald….no wonder I fell in love with her voice.
I was lucky enough to meet her on a recent trip to Brazil when she performed in an intimate setting at a club called Miranda in Rio de Janiero. She was charming, her English was perfect and her demeanor was as enchanting as her music. I fell in love with her all over again…hopefully you will too….
Beijos e Tchau!!