Vienna / Salvador
Nothing is pure. Rebel yourself.
Célia Mara makes music with a big smile.
Singing about new, interesting times.
Célia Mara is a Brazilian artist, born and grown up in the Vale de Jequitinhonhas (Minas Gerais). Now, she is living mostly in Vienna, Austria and sometimes in Salvador, Bahia - tuning the world with her Bastard Sound and presenting a new approach to Brazilian Diaspora music.
Célia Mara sings, plays, composes and arranges. She is a bandleader and a solo artist, a 21st. century singer - songwriter,
a real Brazilian groove lady, a jazz singer full of emotion,
a screaming rock star, a sensual seduction, a funky entertainer…
And she’s always carrying a message for peace and social justice with her …
Célia Mara’s charismatic voice, her strong compositions, the eclectic, but typically Brazilian mixture and the edgy electro-arrangements pushed her latest albums Santa Rebeldia and bastardista among the headliners of „Global Bricolagistas:
Los de Abajo, DJ Dolores, Manu Chao and Mariam and Amadou, Zuco 103, Celia Mara, Ojos de Brujo and Zuba were just a few of the names that grabbed our attention in a year when the world said no to globalization and yes to global music culture mash up.“
Damian Rafferty / fly-global music culture, UK
Célia got an export award -„Copa da Cultura“ - from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, the albums were among the Top of the European World Music Charts and ranked in between the “best of the year, best of the week” selections in different countries. Célia was also awarded for her social and cultural work with the Herta Pammer Preis in Austria and selected Austrias best world music artist…
Célia Mara is certainly one of the most impressing latin front-ladies living between Brazil & Central Europe… Her passionate singing has led Healer Selecta, of the United Kingdom’s reason2b, to label her as “the best Brazilian international underground artist.” For spontaneous live sessions, Célia’s bastard sound attracted as great artists as Joe Zawinul, Konstantin Wecker, Amparo Sanchez (Amparanoia), Olodum, Think of One, Magou & Dakar Transit or Reggaeman Lazzo Matumbi…
Célia Mara band performed during the last years between hyped clubs in London, Moscow or Prag, in prestigious concert halls like the famous Vienna Opera House or the national palace of culture in Sofia. She played at huge Reggae-, Jazz-, Groove- or World Music festivals throughout Europe, was invited to Latin Americas biggest festival, Ollin Kan in Mexico City, she presented her songs on “fightin‘ for a better world”-mega open airs in Berlin or even rocked a soccer field in Croatia.