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Flavia Coelho ~ Brazilian Bossa, Reggae & Raggamuffin

  • Live Oak Music Festival Live Oak Camp Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA USA (map)

Flavia Coelho is a fascinating Brazilian singer who delivers a summer cocktail of samba, bossa nova, Brazilian rap, reggae and ragga with a quirky, playful confidence. Her joyous, almost irreverent approach is infectious. But it’s no wonder. The daughter of a hairdresser for drag queens, Flavia discovered her voice by singing the songs of Diana Ross, Nina Hagen and the divas of Brazilian pop such as Gal Costa with a homemade echo chamber (a bucket) on her head. Her father collected traditional Brazilian music, so a young Flavia was full of the sounds of Forro and the Repente music of the Brazilian griots. Growing up and hanging out in Rio’s favelas, Flavia crossed the breadth of the city to sing in bars, working relentlessly on her voice in styles that went far beyond the rhythms of her home country -- but never leaving them behind.