Singer Ceu ranks among the most innovative Brazilian artists to emerge in America in years, blending samba, jazz, soul, R&B and electro-pop into a uniquely appealing whole.
Born Maria do Ceu Whitaker Pocas, the singer decided to pursue a musical education in lieu of college. Adopting the moniker Ceu — Portuguese for “sky” — she temporarily relocated to New York City and began performing as a singer. While in New York, she encountered many new influences (Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday) to add to her array of classic Brazilian music. After meeting fellow Brazilian Antonio Pinto (most known for composing the score for City of God), the pair recorded her self-titled debut. The disc’s charming and beautiful songs were enough to create a stir both in Brazil and in Europe and Canada, eventually earning her a Latin Grammy nomination in 2006.
Born Luciano Nakata Albuquerque to Spanish and Japanese parents, Curumin spent his impressionable years in São Paulo, Brazil, listening to Jorge Ben, Tim Maia, and Bebeto. At eight he formed his first rock band, and by the time he was 16 he was a percussionist and keyboardist in top clubs around the city. Curumin later enrolled at Gaviões da Fiel, a prestigious Brazilian music school, where he was further introduced to MPB, and extracurricularly, Run-D.M.C. and the B-52’s. With his band Zomba he toured the world, supporting internationally acclaimed Brazilian artists Arnaldo Antunes, Andrea Marquee, and SP Funk.
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