Point of View

Take a quick peek at any of our streaming channels and you’ll see songs from Rio’s Marcela Biasi, New York’s Bebel Gilberto, Atlanta’s Janelle Monae and Sao Paulo’s Gisele de Santi. They follow in the path forged by the pioneering women of Brazilian music, beginning with Brazil’s first female orchestra leader and composer Chiquinha Gonzaga in the late 1800’s, and Tia Ciata, who nurtured Samba’s birth in Rio de Janeiro, 1916.

So followed the ‘household names’ of Brazilian music: from Carmen Miranda to Marisa Monte and Elis Regina, who’s birthday is March 17th.

And every year we salute International Woman’s Day by celebrating with ‘Songs In The Feminine Key’.

Where do we start? Maybe with Joyce, who was the first femme in Brazilian song to write songs from a woman’s point-of-view. Or Gal Costa – thought of by many as Brazil’s greatest Diva. Newcomers like Patricia Talem, Luisa Maita, Monica da Silva, Fabiana Passoni, Clara Moreno, Vanesa da Mata, Céu, Marcela Mangabeira and Patricia Marx lead a new generation that – for the first time – promises to challenge the mostly male hierarchy.

Astrud Gilberto transformed Bossa Nova by coming to New York as João Gilberto’s wife, and then staying on to become the world’s musical ‘girl from Ipanema’. Back home, she was a virtual unknown due to a plethora of rising stars to fill the feminine sky: Nara Leão, Sylvia Telles, Miucha, Rita Lee and Wanda Sa – that’s the beginning of a long list of 60’s stars who paved the way for other women to follow: Rosa Passos, Jane Duboc, Rosalia de Souza, Tutti Bae, Maria Rita, Salena Jones, Bebel Gilberto, Sabrina Malheiros, Zelia Duncan and many more.