Brazil's Maria Bethânia is one of her country's most famous, gifted, and enduring singers. After releasing her self-titled debut in 1965 for RCA, she became one of the most prominent voices to emerge from the MPB/Tropicalia eras; she has mastered genres ranging from samba, bossa, and pop to jazz, indigenous folk, and even rock. Possessed of a slightly reedy alto that can bend to contralto, Bethânia's background as a theatrical actress infused her recorded and live performances with drama, yet retained a deeply personal, intimate connection to both her material and her audience. She has released more than 60 albums. A slate of popular outings from the 1970s including A Tua Presenca, Drama, Pássaro Da Manhã, Alibi, and Mel expanded her reputation across the globe to Europe and Asia. 1976's Doces Bárbaros documented an MPB supergroup ...
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