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Zélia Duncan is an extremely successful pop singer from a newer generation in Brazil. Her stronger characteristic is her contralto timbre. Exploring several urban contemporary rhythms — no Brazilian music — she put almost all lyrics in this album's songs, which were mostly written by her partner Christiaan Oyens. Ranging from reggae to Dire Straits-inspired ballads, along with hip-hop and blues, she evidences a crush for American folk through some signals such as Oyens' mandolin playing (strumming à la American, when mandolin tradition in Brazil demands soloing and never strummed chords. She also plays the mandolin in that style).


Born: 28 October 1964 in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Genre: MPB

Years Active: '90s

Zélia Duncan is a phenomenon as a high-selling singer/composer and has sold 160,000 copies of her Zélia Duncan album. Since 1994, she has been a major national success, touring through countries of Europe in 1996 and also winning awards from critics in Brazil. At six, she and her family moved to Brasília, where at 16, she did her first show. In 1981, she sent a tape to the Sala Funarte, a renowned hall in Rio that promoted novice concourses. She won the competition and then did her first professional...
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