Sandra Portella: Banho de Fé

World Listening Post

Samba Showers

Listening Post 162. Samba isn’t just Brazil’s most iconic cultural symbol, it’s also a useful lens. From its roots in Africa to its emergence in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, from attracting the most talented artists to inspiring pulsing love stories, from bringing together people of different classes and races to channeling (through Carnival) every aspect of Brazilian history, it reflects and radiates countless facets of the nation’s identity and soul. On Banho de Fé (Shower of Faith), Sandra Portella covers songs from leading samba composers of the past 75 years and the album’s range is breathtaking—even before you consider the singer’s dazzling, powerful voice. Though both of her parents were samba composers, Portella grew up in Juiz de Fora, 180 kilometers north of Rio, and worked her way from singing supermarket cashier to nominee for the 2018 Premio da Música Brasileira as best female samba performer…

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