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Maria Bethânia: Music Is Perfume


Maria Bethânia is a towering figure in Brazilian music. Coming from a musical family (her mother was a singer and her brother Caetano Veloso is also a popular vocalist), Bethânia began performing in public at the age of 16 at the behest of the brother, and early in her career she worked with a number of the most influential figures in the Tropicalia movement, including Gilberto Gil, Tom Zé, and Gal Costa. In the 1970s, Maria came into her own as one of the leading stars in Brazilian music. Her 1978 album...more