Ana Laura Pádua’s Selects
Marina Sena – Por Supuesto
Known as a member of the groups Outra Banda da Lua and Rosa Neon, Marina Sena finally decided that it’s her time to thrive alone on stage and in the studio. Creator of a work that combines MPB (Música Popular Brasileira), pop, funk, samba, dancehall and reggae, the Minas Gerais born artist, accompanied by producer Iuri Rio Branco, delivered ten songs that talk about universal feelings and loves. The album De Primeira, released in August 2021, instantly became an organic hit in Brazil, but one track Por Supuesto stands out for its resounding success. There were more than 711,000 streams on November 19 alone, keeping the track in Spotify’s Top 15. More than just a revelation of the year, Marina Sena is now an established artist.
FBC & VHOOR – Se Tá Solteira feat. Mac Júlia
Minas Gerais rapper FBC teamed up with beatmaker VHOOR to create one of the most contagious albums of the year. This is BAILE, which arrived on streaming platforms in November. Comprising ten tracks, the record is inspired by Miami bass, a hip-hop subgenre that served as a catalyst for funk carioca in the 1980s and 1990s, when it became a soundtrack for dance, entertainment, social organization and the resistance of Black people in the Brazilian suburbs. Se Tá Solteira is an immediate, irresistible hit that spread like wildfire on socials. For example on TikTok, the song has almost 50 million plays, featuring countless dance routines on the app. Coming straight out of the city of Belo Horizonte, FBC now has the world at his feet.
João Gomes – Meu Pedaço de Pecado
João Gomes is one of the biggest revelations of Forró (the most popular genre of music and dance in Brazil’s Northeast) and expands his sound to Vaquejada and, especially, the Piseiro. With a unique voice and undeniable talent, the 19-year-old has already smashed the Brazilian market and is one of the biggest names in the new school of the genre. His success further proves the power of social media, which is reflected on streaming platforms. With the song Meu Pedaço de Pecado, the Pernambuco singer/composer from Pernambuco is TikTok famous and a phenomenon on Spotify Brasil, clocking up more than 152 million plays. His first album, Eu Tenho a Senha, has 10 tracks that went beyond Brazilian borders, demonstrated by João Gomes taking the 37th spot on Spotify’s Top 40 global ranking. Expect to hear lots more from João Gomes.
Pabllo Vittar – Triste com T
After turning heads on the international scene with the trilingual album 111, being considered the most popular drag queen in the world by Forbes magazine and participating in Lady Gaga’s remix album Dawn of Chromatica, Pabllo Vittar delivers Batidão Tropical, an album that she considers “totally Brazilian”. Born in São Luís, Maranhão, the singer went back to her roots, inspired by her childhood experiences and a lot of Forró bands. The single Triste com T already has more than 20 million plays on Spotify. More than a musical success, Pabllo Vittar is synonymous with LGBTQIA+ resistance for all Brazilians.
Tasha & Tracie – Lui Lui feat. Onnika & Febem
Female self-esteem, celebration of freedom, empowerment and sex are all equal parts of the engaging lyrical universe of twins Tasha & Tracie. Eagerly awaited, the Diretoria EP is faithful to rap’s intensity, but cleverly adds references from funk, trap, RnB and Brime (Brazilian grime). Since its arrival in August 2021, the São Paulo sisters have dominated streaming charts. The track Lui Lui, featuring guest appearances by Febem and Onnika plus on-point production from Mu540, has over 600,000 plays on Spotify. With heaps of talent and personality, Tasha & Tracie are the hottest names in Brazilian rap right now. Get familiar with the twins who are just getting started.