Artists Worth Checking Out: Marina Elali exudes plenty of passion in De Corpo e Alma Outra Vez
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Marina Elali recently became a thirtysomething, having been born on April 6, 1982 in Natal, Brazil. Born to Arabic and Brazilian parents, her grandfather (Ze Dantas) turned out to be Luiz Gonzaga‘s musical partner (King of Baiao), Elali grew up in a musically rich family. Elali experimented with ballet and theater before settling in with music during her childhood years. Beginning in 1990, she began studying at the Colegio Marista de Natal where she studied both piano and voice. Throughout her teen years, Elali performed alongside some of Brazil’s most important names of the period (Azevedo, Luiz Melodia, and Zeca Baliero, to name a few) on both local and regional stages. Elali then took her musical education to the next level, spending three years studying at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she honed her performance skill, technique and knowledge about music theory. Returning to Natal after her years studying in the United States, she gained some local recognition, but it was her breakthrough into television that would bring her to the media mainstream. In 2004, Elali participated in the Globo Television show FAMA, a performance talent competition. Though Elali was eliminated from that show (mostly criticized for her arrogance), the show served as a platform off which she launched her recording career. In addition to a number of singles, Elali released her debut solo CD in 2005.
The album that I highlighted for this week is her second effort, which features many slow to medium paced tempo songs. The best track is her English effort on Track 10, “All She Wants”–in which she talks about most daughters trying to find themselves in the hopes of acceptance and gaining the right amount of self-esteem to carry on into womanhood. Plus, she is very easy on the eyes–similar to Patricia Talem and Fabiana Passoni. Not only are the lyrics included, but there are multiple adorable pics inside the 16 page booklet.
That is why I highly recommend purchasing this 2007 album. Unlike her first album, which is sometimes scarce to find online, the above album cover can be easily found online.
And I hope this pic can help get some parts of the United States out of their extended winter doldrums, especially with all of the rain affecting most of the Midwest in making up big time from the Great Drought of 2012:
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See you again next week with another fruity selection as spring tries desperately to make its’ grand re-entrance (are you reading, my always kind Patricia Talem?)