Luli e Lucina

Elis & Elas

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Luli e Lucina are a duo of sensitive artists. Singers and composers of rare sincerity and expressiveness, they have remained out of the commercial rules that dictate the rules of market, choosing the hard way instead. This album is dedicated to the successes of Elis Regina's career. Opens with an imaginative re-harmonization of "Aquarela Do Brasil," followed by a properly swinging version of "O bêbado e A equilibrista." "Momento Negro" is a medley with a somber "Black Is beautiful" and hot versions of "Upa Neguinho,," "Menino Das Laranjas," "Aruanda," "O Morro Não Tem Vez." The contagious and exciting swing of "Bala Com Bala" is enhanced by the virtuosity of Badi Assad in an impeccable violão and mouth percussion rendition. Covering nearly 30 songs, Luli e Lucina present a vigorous and at the same time delicate tribute to one of the biggest singers of Brazil with competence and convincing élan.