Hellen Caroline: Meu Jeito de Ser

On the strength of Hellen Caroline’s first album in 2014, critics and Brazilian fans dubbed her “the Princess of Pagode.” The title didn’t win her a pair of glass slippers but the album helped her break the glass ceiling of a musical genre that was almost exclusively male. Pagode is breezy offshoot of samba that emerged from the neighborhood squares and backyards of Rio de Janeiro in the late 1970s, relying on the cavaquinho … More Hellen Caroline: Meu Jeito de Ser

Paula Fernandes: Amanhecer

Life is a balancing act, even for overachievers like Paula Fernandes, one of Brazil’s most accomplished and celebrated singer-songwriters. In addition to selling more than 10 million albums, she regularly appears on lists like “most beautiful” and “most Googled.” Part of her charm is the balance between a deep, seductive voice and her farm-girl innocence; part of her struggle is juggling fame and fortune with bouts of depression, about which she has spoken openly … More Paula Fernandes: Amanhecer

Diogo Nogueira: Porta-voz da Alegria

When a knee injury put an end to Diogo Nogueira’s soccer career, he went into the family business—samba. Son of a renowned sambista, Diogo grew up in the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s musical culture. Since launching his career in 2007 he has won four Latin Grammy Awards; composed for Portela, one of the leading samba schools in Rio’s annual Carnaval; and performed on Copacabana beach on New Year’s Eve … More Diogo Nogueira: Porta-voz da Alegria

Paula Fernandes: Encontros Pelo Caminho

Country Road Listening Post 4. Sertanejo—Brazilian country music—is as dominated by male voices today as American country was in the 1950s. The outstanding exception is Paula Fernandes, who has built her popularity on her sweet-and-low voice, her songwriting and her farm-fresh persona. Encontros Pelo Caminho (Encounters Along the Way), her seventh album, is a collection … More Paula Fernandes: Encontros Pelo Caminho