an acclaimed new singer from Brazil who
Wonderful performances by Maria Rita
(Mariano), Brazil's brilliant, multi-Grammy-winning young diva on "Samba Meu"
(Samba Mine). She generally avoided straight-forward sambas on her award-winning
eponymous debut CD, "Maria Rita", and on the "Segundo" CD in order to establish
her MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) musical identity. Now on her 3rd CD, she
delivers what many have waited for: the CD focused on the samba. And she
delivers many types of sambas from 'samba-canção' to thundering 'samba-school'
batacudas in a virtuoso display of this great Brazilian musical form, punctuated
throughout by the unique sound of the 'cuica'. The 'Best of the Best' include
great performances of "Samba Meu", a blazing song about "Maria do Socorro",
"Cria" (Son) dedicated to her boy who makes a hilarious appearance at the
beginning, a vowel-popping "Casa de Noca" (House of Commotion), the dazzling
"Num Corpo Só" (In Only One Body) and "Corpictho" ('Fine' Body) where she eerily
sounds like her mom, the late great super-diva Elis Regina. "Tá Perdoado"
(You're Forgiven) is high on the 'Brazilian Hot 100' charts, and the
breathtaking "Mente Ao Meu Coracao" (He Lies To My Heart) is further proof that
Maria Rita has the full genetic DNA vocal inheritance of her legendary mother
and the musical sensibilities of her pianist/arranger father, Cesar Camargo
Mariano. --an Amazon reviewer