Ivete Sangalo is one of the biggest stars in Brazil. She’s known for her powerful voice, charisma and exuberant live performances. Currently, she’s Brazil’s most popular female singer based on her CD and DVD sales: In 2004 Ivete recorded a live album with MTV which earned huge sales, the second best-selling album of 2004 in Brazil. The companion DVD, which featured live footage of her huge concert held at the Fonte Nova stadium, was certified Triple Diamond, selling over 600,000 copies, and is the best-selling musical DVD in Brazil of all time.
This brings me to the dancers she uses at her performances; they are simply amazing with their combination of various dance styles from Salsa to African. In fact the entire stage is busy with dancers, musicians, and Ivete herself, who moves around the stage with the energy of a dynamo.
It’s hard not to move your body to Ivete’s music, because it’s a hypnotic blend of so many musical traditions. You can recognize the influence of Africa, Jamaica, the Latin Carribean, and South America all blending to make a sound uniquely Brazilian.
One of her latest songs that I’m enjoying is called “Cadê Dalila?” with an obvious Middle Eastern influence layered into the rich music. It became a #1 single onÂ Brazil’s Hot 100 chart and could be heard everywhere during Carnival 2009. -Will Bradford