Claudia Leitte spotlighted
After singing her new single, “Locomotion Batucada,” during the broadcast of Miss Universe 2011 – held last Monday (12th) – Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte decided to offer the song for download. On her website it is sung in Spanish and English.
The Brazilian participation at the event, broadcasted to 190 countries, made headlines internationally. Claudia gave interviews to journalists from dozens of countries and she was highly praised after the presentation.
Among other accolades from the world press, the singer was rated by a German site (Nassauische Neue Presse) as the “Queen of Brazilian pop.”
Marcelo D2 in Angola
Last thursday, the rapper Marcelo D2 flew to Angola with beat box master Fernandinho Beat Box and his crew. D2 is overjoyed with this tour. It is his first time in African territory, and he considers it a real victory. According to him, this is the 24th country to host his rap-samba show.The Portuguese language country Angola will embrace Marcelo D2 for two weeks. They have several gigs scheduled but will also have time to to get to know Luanda as well.
Lirinha in solo career
LIRA is the name of the solo debut of José Paes de Lira, better known in Brazil as Lirinha. A year and a half after the end of the band Cordel do Fogo Encantado, a landmark group that for eleven years mixed poetry, theater and music, Lirinha exposes new references in this new album. To the poetic rhetoric which he dominates like few composers, the artist adds guitars, keyboards, synthesizers and drums. To satisfy the curiosity of his fans, before the release of CD in October, LIRA is available for download on his new website. Lirinha is backed up by Pupillo (Nação Zumbi / stand up drums and percussion), Bacteria (Mundo Livre S/A and Otto) and Neilton (guitarist for the hardcore band Devotos). LIRA also features the special participation of Otto, Angela Ro Ro, Fernando Catatau, Maestro Forro and Lula Cortes (who had just recorded the album ”Adebayor” a few days before he died in March).