Jussara Silveira has been on the road since 1980 and distinguishes herself by deciding to perform MPB with no commercial compromising. Raised in Salvador BA, much of her work is devoted to Bahian composers. In the '80s, she performed with Gilberto Gil and recorded with Caetano Veloso (Outras Palavras, 1981). She also worked in the Bloco Eva, prior to her work with Ivete Sangalo. In 1989, Silveira left Salvador for São Paulo SP and then Rio de Janeiro RJ. She performed at the MASP, Crowne Plaza, and Sesc Pompéia in São Paulo and at the Teatro Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro. Jussara's rendition for Caetano Veloso's "Dama do Cassino" (included in the compilation CD Elas Cantam Caetano) was included in the soundtrack of the TV Globo Irmãos Coragem and reached the Top Ten of Rádio Jornal do Brasil. Winning the Copene de Cultura e Arte prize in 1996, Silveira recorded her first CD, the independent Jussara Silveira. Extremely well received by critics, the album launched her as the new revelation from Bahia. The album was re-released in the next year by Dubas Music. Her second album, Canções de Caymmi, was also praised by critics.
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