On my last post about Brazilian music in which I talked about a very special beat, Chorinho, I mentioned the need to go a bit beyond of what is stereotyped about Brazil all over the world. Yes, of course Samba is huge, and I just love it. It is part of our tradition and it goes in most Brazilians’ veins. However, our musical scenario is such a rich encounter of rhythms, sounds and voices that it wouldn’t be fair to insist on just one type of music.

Vanessa da Matta

So, I dedicate this post to the women in my country who inspire, empower, allure and make us proud. To those who are tremendously talented and represent our most voracious, enchanting voices. Those women whose stories and musical paths are unique, but they share their passion for every word they sing and pronounce. Our language, Portuguese, becomes pure poetry or a cry for justice in the mouths of these powerful women.

Just like samba, it wouldn’t be fair if I only talked about those singers that I really enjoy, for music is multifaceted and different people will certainly have multiple perspective and a diverse playlist. So, I asked my friends to give me a hand. I introduce you to a varied playlist based on the suggestion of unique, wonderful women that listen to the greatest talents we have in our country.

All of my friends’ playlists are totally worth checking.

Gabriela, a dear friend, has the following suggestions:

photo of gabriela

Marisa Monte – “Bem que se quis”
Vanessa da Mata – “Ainda Bem”
Adriana Calcanhoto – “Naquela Estação”
Cássia Eller – “Palavras Ao Vento”
Elis Regina – “Andança”
Ana Carolina – “Pra Rua Me Levar”

Margarete, who has a special talent for syntax, shares her passions:

Leila Pinheiro performing “Vento no Litoral”
Zizi Possi performing “Corsário”
Nana Caymi performing “Resposta ao Tempo”
Jane Duboc performing “As Criaturas da Noite”
Veronica Sabino performing “Todo Sentimento”
Leila Pinheiro performing “Serra do Luar”

Alba, a very intense woman and friend tells us about her own preferences:

Elis Regina – “Como Nossos Pais”
Elis Regina – “O Bêbado e o Equilibrista”
Elis Regina – “Quero”
Gal Costa – “Força Estranha”
Marisa Monte – “Maria de Verdade”
Elis Regina – “Tatuagem”

Another dear friend, Margarete, music lover and enthusiast has shared her favorite Brazilian women singers, saying that these are all wonderful women with powerful voices.

The ones that have appeared in the musical scenario more recently: Roberta Sá, Márcia Castro, Cibelle, Tulipa Ruiz, Mônica Salmaso, Martnália, Teresa Cristina, Maria Gadu and Maria Rita.

And the great dames: Maria Bethânia e Nana Caymmy.

Now, here comes a friend and one that knows it all. Luiz Cláudio has a very sophisticated musical taste and is crazy about opera. Here, he shares with us the Brazilian singers that inspire and touch his soul:

Ana Carolina – “Entrolhares”
Maria Bethânia – “Pedrinha miudinha”
Nana Caymmi – “Onde você estiver”
Marisa Monte – “Sou seu sabiá”
Ivete Sangalo – “Se eu não te amasse tanto assim”
Vanessa da Mata – “Quando amanhecer”

These guys couldn’t have chosen a better playlist! And I guess I would keep all these wonderful artists and just add three more, Bebel Gilberto, Danni Carlo and Olivia Bighton.

I’m sure we’re missing many other wonderful Brazilian singers, but these women are already very representative of our feminine voices.

I leave you with two songs and videos I love with two of my favorite singers, Marisa Monte and Teresa Cristina. And so not to disappoint you, on both videos Marisa and Teresa Cristina are in full steam with samba!

Have you ever heard of any of those Brazilian singers?


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A proud Brazilian teaching English in Brazil, interested in cultures, languages, people and lifelong learning.