Note from BW of Brazil: Nearly two weeks ago, BW of Brazil brought you the eclectic sounds of Salvador, Bahia singer Larissa Luz, today it’s great to announce the return of singer Luciana Oliveira! Her first CD was a favorite because of how it mixed modern studio production standards while keeping the music solidly based in Afro-Brazilian rhythms. Learn a little bit about Luciana’s musical history and the making of her new CD below and also see a few videos at the bottom of this article.
The base of the CD Pura, the second solo album of Luciana Oliveira, are ritmos negros (black rhythms) such as Hip-Hop, Samba and Reggae, which she became famous for.
In December 2012 the brasiliense (1) singer Luciana Oliveira recorded her second album Pura, in the famous Guilherme Arantes studio Coaxo do Sapo, in Salvador, Bahia.
Alê Siqueira who signed on as producer, has in his repertoire more than 50 albums produced, among them Tribalistas de Arnaldo Antunes, Marisa Monte and Carlinhos Brown as well as Stória Stória of Cape Verdean artist Mayra Andrade and Do Cóccix ao Pescoço by Elza Soares, just to name a few albums that also undoubtedly influenced the musical trajectory of Luciana.
The whole basis of the disc was performed by musicians and producers Mikael Mutti, who has already participated in productions and partnerships with Carlinhos Brown, Daniela Mercury, Sérgio Mendes and Jay-Z, and by Adson Santana, a multi-instrumentalist that participated and produced several Bahian singers, among them Margareth Menezes. Besides Mikael and Adson the album featured several special participations.
Elza Soares sang on “Condicionada”, a song that has its base grounded in Hip Hop and the psychedelic piano of Mikael Mutti, written by by Luciana Oliveira and Eduardo Mazarão. As Ganhadeiras de Itapoã, Matthew Aleluia (of the legendary Os Tincoãs group) and Gabi Guedes (Orquestra Rumpilezz) participated in the re-reading of “Retirantes” of Dorival Caymmi and Jorge Amado, presented with a dense arrangement, mixing surdo, piano and accordion.
The album also features the participation of Arthur Maia on bass on the song “Fé Menina” and Peu Meurray with his percussion that was constructed with tires.
The disc consists mostly of compositions of Luciana Oliveira along with partners like Eduardo Mazarão, of the Aláfia collective, and who is the writer of “Pura”, the title track, plus compositions by Alexandre Carlo, of the band Natiruts, and Lucas Cirilo.
The album release is scheduled to take place in São Paulo with the participation of the singer Elza Soares.
Born in the capital city of Brasilia, Brazil, Luciana Oliveira started her musical journey singing with the reggae/ska band Mal de Familia. In 2006, she joined the band Natiruts, accompanying them on tours through Brazil and Europe.
She also participated in the CDs and DVDs Natiruts Reggae Power and Raçaman. In 2008, she released her first solo album – O Verde do Mar, produced by João Ferreira, in one harmonious mix of Samba, Ijexá and Funk in re-recordings of songs by João Donato, Jackson do Pandeiro and songs by new songwriters as well as those by Luciana.
Living in São Paulo since 2009, Luciana has already performed at some of the best venues around the city (SESC Pinheiros, SESC Vila Mariana, Sesi and Centro Cultural Rio Verde). She was also the idealizer and producer of “Vozes do Atlantico”, a project that brought together Brazilian and African singers, with sponsorship from Caixa Cultural. In 2012, she released her first music video for the song “Flor e Flora”.
Among her musical partnerships, a highlight is her recordings with Mad Professor – an icon of Dub, at the legendary Ariwa Studios, in London, the rapper Gog and the flautist Altamiro Carrilho.
Luciana Oliveira – “Flor e Flora”
Luciana Oliveira sings “A ordem é samba”
Condicionada – Luciana Oliveira with Elza Soares
Source: Istoé, Luciana Oliveira
1. Refers to a persons from the Brazilian capital city of Brasília.