The metamorphosis of Elza Soares

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ELZA SOARES brings “A Voz e a Máquina” (“The Voice and the Machine”) to the Instituto Tomie Ohtake in São Paulo on November 7th. With a wild purple perm and a signature growl, Brazil’s grand dame of samba will open her show with a reading of Martin Luther King’s poem “I Have a Dream” before rolling through highlights from her 60-year career. 

Officially 80—other reports put her age half a decade older—Ms Soares is still making bold new music. Her most recent album (her 34th overall) “A Mulher do Fim do Mundo” (“The Woman at the End of the World”) was a collaboration with a group of young electronic music producers from São Paulo’s “dirty samba” scene. At times poetic and always energetic, Ms Soares’ commanding voice sears the record. She sings of transsexuality and domestic violence, of racism, global warming and her mother, combining elements of rock, punk, reggae and rap. The album picked up a Latin Grammy and was listed in the New York Times’ top ten of the year in 2016,…Continue reading

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