Brazilian Diva Daniela Mercury dazzles Hollywood

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HOLLYWOOD, CA (BDCi) – The Goddess of Bahia kept an adoring audience dancing in the aisles Thursday (13) in Hollywood with the show Canibália.

Daniela Mercury made her debut at the Greek Theatre putting on a versatile display of rhythms namely Samba, Bossa Nova, Reggae, Axe, Meringue and Salsa.

Ms. Mercury couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful Los Angeles night, complete with a full moon’s lighting and comfortable temperature; many Brasileiros in attendance swore it was like being in Bahia again. The singer made the audience dance, jump and initiated a small demonstration of what carnival is like in Bahia.

One of the best moments of the show was a duet between Daniela and the late singer-actress Carmen Miranda in a rendition of “What does the Baiana have?” by Dorival Caymmi. According to Daniela, the track is the epitome of her eclectic works.

Later in her repertoire, she also paid homage to Tom Jobim, Paul Simon and Olodum. With a career spanning 25 years and 13 albums – four of which were live – Daniela is clearly an icon among recording artists from Brazil and based on the diverse crowd at the Greek Theater, she transcends profoundly into the international world music market.

In the audience, a local musician Omar Perez-Then, a native of the Dominican Republic, shared with BDCi in a very impressive Portuguese his passion for the singer and her style. “I fell in love with her, I know all her songs and I love her style.”

The show Canibália is one of the first stops on the North American tour to promote the album by the same name which was recently released here in the United States. Recently, the New York Times published a positive review of the album after its release, calling it “Brazilian pop smart, euphoric and timeless.”

Brother of Brazil, with Supla and John opened the night warming up the audience with their sound mixing of original Bossa Nova, Samba, Rock and Funk.

Por Janete Weinstein
Foto Janete Weinstein
14 de outubro de 2011
10:00 a.m. PDT

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