Here comes Célia Mara's fourth album. She picked up flower-flavoured harmonies out of the Brazilian diversity, grabbed some hard plastic tunes in the industrial world, reflected about emancipation movements, packed all into a catchy box ... and Santa Rebeldia was ready to materialize: “Brash, confident and assured" headlines the ***review in UK’s Songlines. “...this is the sound of Nu-Brazil by way of Vienna...”
SANTA REBELDIA Saint of the rebellious and the fearless, s.a.: rebel yourself!
International syncretism, part of the Austro-Brazilian „Bastardista“ line.
Santa Rebeldia is bastardista’s logical evolution, bastard sound out of the Brazilian Diaspora, an intercontinental journey, ironical, sensual, rebellious and fresh. Célia Mara disrespectfully surfs between musical styles and rhythms, plays effortlessly with the infinite reservoir of Latino-music, joins easily Retro-Brazil, Tango and traditional Afro-Brazilian grooves, mixes Nova MPB and Samba with Funk, Reggae, Balkan-folk, Glamour Rock and HipHop. Finally, she shakes all together into a Viennese electronic concept.
The songs are bringing forward the discussion about identity, which already determined bastardista. Songs talking about freedom, migration, culture, ecological and social issues and... love. Célia Mara sings in portuguese, some spanish, english and latino-deutsch. The result are 10 tracks, easy going, groovy, to dance & to listen to...
Once again, Célia Mara created her own space, her own style, her own music in the space inbetween times, cultures, concepts...
Célia Mara’s charismatic voice, her strong compositions, the eclectic, but typically Brazilian mixture and the edgy electro-arrangements made her latest album bastardista storm the European Worldmusic charts. It has been considered “one of the best new Brazilian records to come around 2005” (Global Rhythm USA), “a 100% legitimate hit” – (4**** review in Songlines). It had top rankings in the Greek & the Russian charts, sensational press-reviews in various countries, was awarded 2006 with “COPA DA CULTURA” by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture...
Célia Mara band performed during the last years in prestigious clubs and concert halls between London, Vienna, Moscow, Prag and Sofia, at important festivals in Central and Northern Europe, Tunisia, Italy, Spain and Russia. Célia presented her songs on “fightin‘ for a better world”-mega open airs in Berlin, on top of “Trio Eletrico‘s” during carnival in Brazil and even in the famous Vienna Opera House, at Jazzfest Wien...
For spontaneous live sessions, Bastard Sound joined as great artists as Joe Zawinul, Olodum, Think of One, Magou & Dakar Transit or, in 2009, “La Banda di Piazza Caricamento” with Célia Mara.
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