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Elza Soares

Elza Soares: Text

Owner of a distinctive, harsh voice, Elza Soares is one of the most swinging samba singers.


From her debut single in 1959 her dispassionate, exaggerated style won over audiences in Brazil and across the world, including artists such as Nick Cave, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso.

Elza Soares: About
Elza Soares: Testimonials

"Legendary Brazilian singer and activist. Her inventive style interpreting classic bossas and sambas justice have made her a national icon."

Alvaro Neder, ALLMUSIC.COM

"90 years old, and still making music. Not just any music. Elza Soares continues to make some of the most influential and awarded music in Brazil."

Meredith Nadeau, 

"Officially 80, Soares is still making bold new music. She sings of transsexuality and domestic violence, of racism, global warming and her mother, combining elements of rock, punk, reggae and rap. At times poetic and always energetic, Ms Soares’ commanding voice sears the record."

The Economist 

Elza Soares: Videos

Elza Soares + Jambo Tree

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