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Album Review

Zizi Possi is a singer with a limpid voice who is committed to delivering good Brazilian music. On this album, she visits several Brazilian rhythms and some of the best Brazilian composers, along with some excellent ones from newer generations. It has to be said that, in terms of the superbly generous tradition of Brazilian female singers, she is lacking some of the richness of expression and the samba swing. But she is a competent performer, especially in lyrical tunes, and fits the bill.

The excellent, clean choice of instrumentation is original: piano and percussion only, wonderfully played. She performs tracks accompanied only by a pandeiro, in the best tradition of embolada.

This album represents the particular view of Brazilian music by a contemporary urban educated woman, which is an welcomed addition to the tradition generated by the people in the streets.


Genre: MPB

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Zizi Possi opened different paths during her career. She had her first hit with an MPB tune ("Pedaço de Mim" by Chico Buarque) and then with a series of pop ballads during the '80s; but finally in the '90s, she found her way with a repertory of classics of Brazilian music in highly polished acoustic renditions. There are variations apply, as in Per Amore, which is completely devoted to Italian romantic songs (sung in the original idiom). Singing alone since she was a child, Possi started to take...
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