Magazine article New Internationalist

[Rodrigues, Virginia. Nos]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Rodrigues, Virginia. Nos]

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When Virginia Rodrigues, a former manicurist from the wrong side of the Brazilian city of Salvador, released her debut album Sol Negro two years ago, she lit a flame that shows no sign of diminishing. An exuberant feast of carnival samba, hers was a throaty, honeyed voice that gave the Brazilian music an urgency and a sadness -- or soudade -- that one hears in only the very best. Now with Nos (which means 'us') she recapitulates the triumph.

Nos is a superb album. The 'us' Rodriguez addresses is both specific -- the Brazilian Africans and the Candomble gods or orixas -- and general. These songs, traditional and devotional, are also poems of longing and of love available to anyone capable of hearing their message. Under musical director Caetano Veloso and producer Celso Fonseca, Rodrigues' voice is given just the space it needs to gain its full expression. …

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