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Elba Ramalho

Picture if you will a female performer who does it all: singer, songwriter, producer, outrageously colorful performer, sexually provocative, very attractive, not at all demure and submissive, frequently controversial, and also a talented actor -- no, not Madonna -- think Brazil, think Elba Ramalho.

Born in 1941, Elba Ramalho is a dizzying force of nature and one of the most successful and popular vocalists to emerge from Brazil's northeast. A veritable Renaissance woman: world class handball player, drummer, student of sociology, Ramalho gave it all up in the mid-70s to head to Rio and give singing and performing a shot with the band Quintero Violado. Her first solo record, 1979's Ave de Prata, was released to great acclaim and, almost overnight, Elba Ramalho became a star. A powerful performer, Ramalho sings not only traditional Brazilian styles but over the course of her career has most quite comfortably into rock, funk, salsa, and Caribbean music. Backed by the sensational Banda Rojao, Ramalho (like Madonna, or even Tina Turner) live is an experience: glitzy, glamorous, bumping and grinding in her impossibly short skirts, cavorting with her dancers and back up singers -- to say she is flamboyant is an understatement (for aural documentation check out her 1989 release Elba ao Vivo). But if she was simply flamboyant and had no talent she'd be no more interesting than Charro. The fact is that Ramalho, with all the pomp and circumstance intact, is a daring performer singing songs about independence for Brazil's northeast ("Nordeste Independente"), as well as paeans to the simple joys of giving it up and getting down. While she may resemble American icons like Madonna and Tina Turner, but make no mistake, despite any superficial similarities Elba Ramalho is her own woman, no comparisons do her justice. ~ John Dougan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Solar

Disc 1

1. A Palo Seco

2. Trem Das Ilusoes

3. O Meu Amor

4. Nao Sonho Mais

5. Cajuina

6. Ave De Prata

7. Palavra De Mulher

8. No Cego

9. Imaculada

10. 7 Cantigas Para Voar

11. Retrato Da Vida

12. Kukukaya (Jogo Da Asa Da Bruxa)

13. Choveu Sorvete (La Salve De Las Antillas)

14. Quem E Muito Querido A Mim

Disc 2

1. Caldeirao Dos Mitos (Live)

2. Amor Com Cafe (Live)

3. Forro Do Xenhenhem (Live)

4. Agora E Sua Vez, Forro Das Cumadres (Live)

5. E D'Oxum (Live)

6. Pisa Na Fulo, Chororo, Pe De Serra (Live)

7. Avohai (Live)

8. Leao Do Norte (Live)

9. Batida De Trem, Toque De Fole (Live)

10. Roendo Unha, No Som Da Sanfona, Morena De Angola (Live)

11. Pagode Russo, Ondetu Ta Nenem (Live)

12. Olha Pro Ceu (Live)

13. Boca Do Balao, Sao Joao Na Estrada (Live)

14. De Volta Pro Aconchego (Live)

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Track List: Flor Da Paraiba

1. Chameguinho

2. Tum, Tum, Tum (Mulata No Coco)

3. Face

4. Lavadeira Do Rio

5. Aroma

6. A Letra I

7. Pra Ninar Meu Coracao

8. Pau De Arara E A Vovonhinha

9. Me Pegue Pra Chamegar

10. Sao Xango Menino

11. Casa, Comida E Paixao

12. Ze Esteves

13. Paraiba Meu Amor

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Track List: Leao Do Norte

1. Onde Tu Ta Nenem

2. Xodo Beleza

3. Leao Do Norte

4. Chao De Giz

5. Beradero

6. Treze De Dezembro

7. Na Base Da Chinela

8. Canoeiro

9. Parceiros Das Delicias

10. Eu Vou Ate De Manha

11. Estrada Do Caninde

12. A Paisagem

13. Estrela Miuda

14. Sim, Foi Voce

15. Frevos

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Track List: Marco Zero Ao Vivo

2. Banquete Dos Signos (Ao Vivo)

4. Morena De Angola (Ao Vivo)

7. De Volta Pro Aconchego (Ao Vivo)

14. Frevo Mulher (Ao Vivo)

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