In 2017, the Brazilian vocalist, composer GUAI migrated from Salvador, Brazil, to Lisbon, Portugal, in search of greater artistic freedom and notoriety. Shortly after that, she released her debut album titled DAMA DE PAUS (Queen of Clubs), which proclaimed her arrival, turned a lot of heads, garnered superb reviews around the globe, and received high praise from Brazil’s most prolific artists.
Last July, amid the pandemic, GUAI released CAPITANIA, a sensual, semi-autobiographical work that tells the story of a traveler who travels by sea to parts unknown. Highlights include Carlinhos Brown’s Cada Edu, composed especially for this project. Also, it includes appearances by Arthur Maia, Paulo de Carvalho, and Ivan Lins.
GUAI is part of a wave of singers and songwriters whose expansive vision and talent exceed categorization and convention. She is the daughter of a pianist father and a vocalist mother and was exposed to a broad variety of music early. Her influences include Elis Regina, Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, Carmen Miranda, Cesar Camargo Mariano, John Coltrane, and classic Rock n’ Roll.
With the exception of the tune, Depois de Temporais (After the Storm), the repertoire is performed in Portuguese. Whether you’re fluent in the language or no, GUAI’S captivating voice will guide, uplift, and transport you.
CAPITANIA is the second Brazilian recording that has earned a place on my list of 2021’s Best Recordings. The first being RAUL DE SOUZA’S PLENITUDE which you can read about HERE.
CAPITANIA is produced by GUAI, Nema Antunes, and co-produced by Telefunksoul. The album is available on all digital platforms. I highly recommend it.
ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.guai.com.br/tag/brazilian-singer/