Saturday, May 17, 2008

Brazilian Star Rises From Marley’s Inspiration


Born in Salvador-Bahia-Brazil, nine days after her big inspirer Robert Nesta Marley passed (May, 20, 1981), she spent her early years listening to Marley’s music and studying his way of life. She actually learnt to speak English just by listening to Bob Marley’s music.

She started her musical career when she was twenty years old and always loved arts at school and was an A student in arts, writing and handcraft. Her first contact with the guitar was when she was twelve and saw a cousin playing the classic Los Lobos version of the song “La Bamba” by William Clauson. At twenty-two years of age she had worked and saved enough to buy a guitar and the next two years were spent learning to play the guitar professionally.

She started writing and recording her own songs and sometimes performed them at small functions and a few nite clubs in and around Salvador. She worked in public schools as a bi-lingual teacher in English/Portuguese before being discovered by Jamaica’s international manager and tour coordinator Copeland Forbes at a Gregory Isaacs’s concert in Salvador at July 07, 2007. Forbes invited her to Jamaica for the fifteenth staging of Jamaica’s premier Reggae festival Reggae Sumfest and introduced her to Jamaica’s ace saxophonist and producer Dean Fraser who was very impressed with her musicianship.

Fraser took her to Grafton Studios and she re-recorded Tarrus Riley’s hit She’s Royal in Portuguese, hence its called Nao Saia. She’s now working on her first CD titled Songs About You and working with some of Jamaica’s top producers including Sly & Robbie, Dean Fraser, Computer Paul, Earl “Chinna” Smith and Leebert “Gibby” Morrison.

She’s also working on her Brazilian album Soraia Drummond. This album has a few Portuguese versions of some Reggae classics, like Rasta Man Chant (Bob Marley), Night Nurse (Gregory Isaacs) and, of course, She’s royal (Tarrus Riley).

Source: Headline Entertainment

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