The daughter of samba superstar Martinho Da Vila, Mart'nalia has a modest voice, but uses it well, projecting warmth and joyfulness, as well as a sense of reserved super-coolness that she seems to have inherited from her dear old dad. She has emerged as one of the torchbearers of modern samba-pop... Here's a quick look at her work...
Mart'nalia "Pe Do Meu Samba" (BMG-Brasil/Natasha, 2002)
(Produced by Celso Fonseca)
A nice debut... This set features backing from guitarist Celso Fonseco, Arthur Maia on bass, and percussion by Ramiro Musotto... This young ensemble creates a nicely textured update of the classic pagode-samba sound, with a bit of bossa nova cool in there as well... A couple of tunes sound a bit by-the-numbers, but others have a fresh approach, notably the expansive percussion arrangements on "Filosofia," an old Noel Rosa song that starts the album off... Nice, pretty-sounding music that's definitely worth checking out. Old-school samba is alive and well in Rio....
Mart'nalia "Ao Vivo" (Universal, 2005)
Mart'nalia "Menino Do Rio" (Quitanda, 2006)
Mart'nalia "Em Berlim: Ao Vivo" (Biscoito Fino, 2006)
Mart'nalia "Madrugada" (Biscoito Fino, 2008)
Mart'nalia "Minha Cara" (Biscoito Fino, 2009)
Mart'nalia "Em Africa Ao Vivo" (Biscoito Fino, 2010)
Mart'nalia "Nao Tente Compreender" (Quitanda, 2012)
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