Flavia Coelho – ‘Mundo Meu’

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Flavia Coelho is a Brazilian singer who mixes samba, bossa nova, Brazilian rap, reggae and ragga with a quirky, playful confidence. The daughter of a hairdresser for drag queens, Flavia learned to sing by emulating Diana Ross and a host of Brazilian Divas in her homemade echo chamber, a bucket on her head!

As a young girl growing up amidst the crime of the Rio favelas, she would cross the the city to sing in bars, training her voice in styles that went far beyond the rhythms of her home country, singing anything from grunge to punk, rock to jazz, rap to pop.

In 2006, Flavia left Rio for her current place of abode, Paris, There she recorded her debut album, ‘Bossa Muffin’, which was described by the Guardian as

“one of the most joyful, easygoing fusion sets of the year…a rhythmic clash of Brazilian and Caribbean styles…slinky melodies and bursts of rapid-fire hip-hop”.

‘Bossa Muffin’ earned Flavia a legion of fans and saw her headlining  at Womad, with a 15,000 strong crowd dancing to her infectious sounds. She was awarded the Golden Women Music Breakthrough prize and in 2013, performed two sold out shows at London’s Ronnie Scott’s .

‘Mundo Meu’ is Flavia’s latest album, released on 11th May, it sees her going back to her roots plunging into an urban jungle with coloured native slang. A wonderful mix of sounds, Flavia moves easily between samba, hip hop and urban funk. We see Eastern Europe take on tropical Jamaica, whilst African Roots join Kanak chants, as she tells the stories and recreates the sounds of her Brazillian youth.

Guests on the album include German superstar Patrice, cult rapper Speech, of Arrested Development, accordionist Fixi of Java, and the legendary drummer Tony Allen.

‘Mundo Meu’ by Flavia Coelho is due to be released on 11th May.

You can catch Flavia live at the following events:

May 17th – Norfolk & Norwich Festival, The Adnams Spiegeltent at 10pm. Tickets from £7.50 | +44 (0)1603 766400 | nnfestival.org.uk

May 18th – Rich Mix, London (the opening concert in the Serious Space Shoreditch Festival). Tickets £15 + Booking  richmix.org.uk | 020 7613 7498

For more information visit Flaviacoelhomusic.com.

‘Por Cima  is the lead track from ‘Mundo Meu”.

About the author

Juliet is married with one daughter, a dog and a cat. She grew up in East London, but currently resides in Hertfordshire.

Having spent her formative years in the Mod scene, she has a lot of love for the 60’s...and the music of the Mod Father, Mr Paul Weller.

Juliet has always loved to write and began training to be a journalist, before ill health caused her to put her life on hold.

Two kidney transplants later, she still enjoys all kinds of writing, including poetry, and has had several poems published in various magazines and anthologies. She likes needlecraft, is big on animal rights and loves discovering brilliant new artists that the main stream media may have overlooked.

Last, but by no means least, she has a lot of love for two very talented Irish twins, you may know them as Jedward :)

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