Anastácia Azevedo is a native of Brazil's Nordeste region, an area where the climatic changes are as sharp as the poverty.

Anastácia Azevedo is a native of Brazil's Nordeste region, an area where the climatic changes are as sharp as the poverty. Since beginning her musical career, she and her partner, Zé Eugênio, have been living in Berlin. No doubt due to their location, the music of "Amanaiara" is heavily influenced by the longing of expatriates for their homeland (Saudade). Azevedo's voice has a lovely flexibility that enables her to work convincingly with several popular Brazilian rhythms, from samba to Forró and Baião. She sings with great heart and terrific sentimentality, compounding the sunny feel of most of the tracks: a far cry from the Northern European chill of Berlin. Especially appealing are "Xaxado" (a song title that describes its rhythm), the title track—a beautiful tune rooted in the traditional music of the Nordeste—and the graceful pop ballad "Raios de Sol." Racked in the United States by Harmonia Mundi.—PVV

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