Margareth Menezes and Mariene de Castro are attractions of Pre-Carnaval in northeastern Brazil

Afro Brazilian women
Mariene de Castro (left) and Margareth Menezes

The pre-Carnival festivities of Aterrinho of Iracema Praia (beach) in Fortaleza, Ceará (northeastern Brazil) were scheduled to conclude its Carnaval preparations in style on Saturday, February 2.

Ceará, Brazil
Fortaleza, Ceará

Pumping up Carnaval revelers on the stage were two muses of Bahian music, international star Margareth Menezes and Mariene de Castro, a principal name in the renewal of feminine Samba.

Aterrinho of Iracema Praia
Margareth Menezes

The Bahian singer released her first LP in 1987, in which the hit “Faraó” became successful throughout Brazil. It sold more than 100,000 copies. Twenty-six years later, Margareth has performed in 21 international tours, released 14 CDs /LPs and 3 DVDs. Whoever saw her show Menezes surely enjoyed her music, which mixes African, Brazilian, indigenous and pop elements, a movement that was denominated Brazilian Afropop.


Mariene de Castro


The feminine voice that is enchanting the Samba is considered one of the great revelations of of the rhythm. Mariene took an important step in her career by releasing her new CD Tabaroinha. The baiana has recorded a live CD, Abre Caminho, and also a DVD, Santos de Casa Ao Vivo. The singer’s repertoire features hits like “Abre Caminho”, “Vi Mamãe na Areia”, “Na Paz de Deus”, among others that surely excited the pre-Carnival audience in Fortaleza.

For a better understanding of the music scene and the importance of artists such as Margareth and Mariene in the primarily Afro-Brazilian, northeastern state of Bahia, please see our article “The continuous white appropriation of northeastern Afro-Brazilian Axé music. Below, see music videos of each artist.

Mariene de Castro – “Vi Mamãe Na Areia”
Margareth Menezes – “Faraó”/”Elegibô”

Source: O Povo

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