Lançamento Festejos — Estado do Maranhão
Divulgação Festejos na Praça — TV Mirante
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Lançamento do Disco Festejos
Alexandra Nícolas is a fellow singer from Maranhão, passionately devoted to Brazilian music and its playfulness. When we listen to her album "Feita na Pimenta", we go back to a time of cheerfulness and tenderness of popular music, as if we were hearing the speakers of a village fair lost in our memory.
And Alexandra leads the party, she's all cheerfulness in this celebration of our most authentic music.
Alexandra wanted to do a record worshipping Brazilian working and celebrating women, from the sertão and coastal regions, from plantations and suburbs, from the capital and the countryside. I offered my kept compositions, in which she dove for a good while. I think the girl from Maranhão got a beautiful record. Make way for her because festivities are getting started.
When I met Alexandra, I imediately perceived her grace, her manneurisms e her Brazilianness, how much she is the face of the Northeast and how much she represents this culture and made herself its spokesperson. Now, she's out there showing the power of our land. Now, I arrive in her city and see what she created with this tiny key I gave her. This is a super production, a serious show, well-conceived, worthy of the first world, and I'm greatly pleased to see people treating Brazil and its music in the way it deserves to be treated.
Alexandra is a very expressive singer, who sings with her heart and with much truth. I was happy to see her on stage, to watch her perform and her ease in communicating.
Alexandra is a great singer. Music from Northeastern Brazil requires great skill to be sung. She's got that in abundance.
Alexandra displayed with mastery her interpretation talent and her delightful timbre. The result is one of the most beautiful record I've heard recently.
It took Alexandra 20 years to record her first album — and it wasn't just any record. "Festejos" celebrated the feminine universe, from a playlist of Rio de Janeiro composer Paulo Cesar Pinheiro. She already had her Northeastern accent. After all, she was born in São Luis, Maranhão, started singing at the age of 12 and during her teen years already led teen group Hocus Pocus. "Cuddle" is the keyword of the album because of its sensual and inviting lyrics.
It is this Brazil, crystallized and romanticized by the eyes of the poet — a Brazil quintessencially Brazilian — that singer from Maranhão Alexandra Nícolas sings and celebrates on her first album, "Festejos," on which she gives her gracious voice to 13 songs by Paulo Cesar Pinheiro. Alexandra echoes the feminine singing and rhythm of a Brazil that swings in the hips of its women.
Six years after her samba album "Festejos," without forgetting her Northeastern roots, Maranhense singer Alexandra Nícolas returned with another equally playful record, except sharper, seasoned with the double-entendre of the lively musical rhythms grouped under the generic name "forró."
Alexandra is an artist for any stage in any country. She is a treasure offered to any public. I usually say that I give a maximum of five minutes (and that's already a lot) for whoever is on stage to prove me that she knows what she's doing, knows what she wants, that it's her and nobody else who is on stage, that doesn't make us remember anyone, because of how high and personal her artistic line.
Alexandra Nícolas is such an example.
She is enchanting throughout her presentation. It's an unforgettable artistic and existential experience for whoever gets to watch her perform.
Today, with Alexandra here, we are fulfilling the mission of this program, which is to map out Brazilian music. She comes from São Luis, Maranhão, and when I bring artists like her I feel fulfilled because here we achieve our duty, which is to pull Brazil from the drawer, and it's a great pleasure to introduce an interpreter like you. I feel it's my mission and my glory and I'm certain that it's all right, this is the program I want to do, when I bring people like you here.
With a foot on the ground, Alexandra cheerfully sings samba, with a song list that celebrates the cultural and social richness of a country that can't be summarized.
Alexandra is no longer a surprise. She is the proof that Brazilian music is renewed. Her voice is pure emotion, rhythm and feeling that shakes our composure.
Voice, repertoire, emotion, everything in Alexandra fits together and Brazil gives thanks!