Women of Brazil
Experience alluring samba, bossa nova and more by a young generation of rising stars and new discoveries.
It is likely that many people outside Brazil were first exposed to the appealing music of Brazil through a woman’s voice. The first international Brazilian music star was Carmen Miranda, whose fruit-ladened headdresses, delightful humor and distinctive, heavily accented singing style charmed Hollywood, leading to a successful film career in the 1940s and 50s. Through her films and live performances, she brought Brazilian samba to an international audience. In the 1960s, the sensual whisper of Astrud Gilberto launched the global popularity of bossa nova, and her rendition of “The Girl from Ipanema” on the groundbreaking Getz/Gilberto album of 1964 remains the definitive version of this often-covered classic. In recent years, successful singers such as Marisa Monte and Bebel Gilberto have topped the charts at home and abroad and kept the female Brazilian voice in the global spotlight.
Women of Brazil features some of our favorite young voices, which are taking Brazilian music in inspired new directions. Some of the artists featured here are based outside of Brazil and serve as ambassadors abroad for Brazilian music and culture. Others are rising stars in Rio or São Paulo but may not yet be familiar to an international audience. We hope this collection offers some new discoveries and reveals the continued importance of Brazil’s women as artistic leaders and cultural icons.