Simone Bittencourt De Oliveira

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The romantic singer Simone has good moments in the samba "Danadinho Danado" (Martinho da Vila/Zé Catimba), in the subtle rendition for "Elegia," in the warm "Espere Por Mim, Morena" (Gonzaguinha), in the swinging "Procissão" (by Gilberto Gil, here with the strong rhythmic support of the Bahian female percussionists of the Didá Music School), in Johnny Alf's "O Que É Amar," in Chico Buarque's samba "Quem Te Viu, Quem Te Vê" and batucada "Noite Dos Mascarados," and in the Brazilian folk rendition for "Entre O Sim E O Não" (João Donato/Abel Silva). Simone, generically a singer with powerful expressive possibilities wasted in a minor romantic repertoire or manipulative renditions, here she manages to keep a balance between her commercial approach and artistic wishes, representing a good album in her discography.

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