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Bethania, of course, is one of the great names. Above all, she is a fine, smoky ballad singer with a gorgeous voice, as this 1989 release of songs by composers from Joao Bosco to Djavan amply testifies. The best cut, among many great ones, is a simply gorgeous song to fado-style guitars.


Born: 18 June 1946 in Santo Amaro da Purificação, Brazi

Genre: MPB

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Maria Bethânia, sister of Caetano Veloso, is a renowned singer on her own. Her scenic, dramatic abilities, in a profoundly Brazilian tradition, make her performances quite personal, which has brought her a massive and faithful audience over the decades. As a child, she wanted to be an actress right from the start. But, as her mother loved to sing, music was always around. Her father was not musically gifted, but loved to listen to Dorival Caymmi and Noel Rosa compositions. At 13, her family moved...
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