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Biography (Maria Bethânia)

Maria Bethânia (born 18 June, 1946 in Santo Amaro da Purificação, Bahia, Brazil) is a Brazilian singer. She is the second best selling Brazilian female singer of all time, with more than 24 million albums sold.

Considered to be one of the greatest interpreters in the history of Brazilian popular music. Sister of the singer and composer Caetano Veloso, she began her artistic career in 1963, appearing in the play "Boca de Ouro" by Nelson Rodrigues. A song about the play was written by Caetano Veloso, who opened the show singing a samba track by Ataulfo Alves. That year she met Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tom Zé, Djalma Correa, Pitti, Alcivando Luz and Fernando Lona in Salvador, with whom she performed at the commemorations inaugurating the Vila Velha de Salvador theatre in 1964 in the shows "Nós por exemplo" and "Nova bossa velha, velha bossa nova". In 1964 she also appeared in "Mora na Filosofia", her first solo show, when she met Nara Leão. As 1965 she replaced the muse of bossa nova...

 


 

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