Marisa Monte

North America

The latest in a great tradition of Brazilian divas, Marisa Monte is at once youthful and timeless, traditional and cosmopolitan. As Brazil’s best-selling female artist she has reached a pinnacle of achievement by creating songs that are heavy on rock rhythms, catchy melodies and occasional tinges of jazz and bossa nova. This, combined with her melting mezzo-soprano voice, has prompted the Los Angeles Times to describe her as, “a performer with irresistible presence…Monte has all the skills, style, manner and attitude it takes to break through to a wide international audience. It’s hard not to be struck by the beauty of her talent, her perfect intonation, her interpretive depth and her charisma.”