Brazil is the carnival capital of the world. With festivities such as the Brazilian Carnival and Rio Carnival, it is always party central in places such as Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach. And no fête is complete without the right kind of music - such as samba, reggae and Latin pop - to fire up the revelers and keep them going all night long. The music of Daniela Mercury has been the quintessential ingredient to making every Brazilian celebration a memorable sensation. Like the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis whose Navigium Isidis festival was the antecedent of the current age carnival, Daniela has been revered in the Bahian Carnaval as axé personified. A fusion of samba, reggae and rock with trimmings of Afro-Brazilian musical styles such as Frevo, Forró and Carixada, axé is the dominant musical genre being embraced by the annual festival in Daniela’s hometown of Salvador in the Brazilian state of Bahia.
Born as Daniela Mercuri de Almeida in 1965, the singer of Italian and Portuguese ancestry started taking dance lessons at age 8 incorporating classical ballet, Jazz and African dances. As a child, Daniela’s mercurial temperament earned her the nickname of "drip-fire" by her parents. Barely having entered into adolescence, Daniel decided to be a singer and started singing in local bars three years later, much to her parents’ vexation. Shortly afterwards, Daniela Mercury
graced the floating stage of the trio elétrico during the 1981 episode of the Carnaval da Bahia and then opted to formalize her dancing and singing prowess at the University of Bahia in 1984. Though getting married and becoming a mother to two children whilst still not having completed college, Daniela continued to make music, keeping up her performer and maternal personas with equal aplomb.
Forming a pop band in the late eighties, Daniela Mercury
soon embarked on her solo career at the onset of the following decade and set about on a flirtatious musical affair with multiple genres such as samba, reggae and pop/rock. After the twin release of her band’s eponymous albums, Daniela came out with her own self-titled debut album in 1991. Though DanielaMercury did not have much pizzazz, it yielded a hit in "Swing da Cor" and sold close to half-a-million copies, striking gold three times. Her second record O Canto da Cidade hit the roof and set a high bar at of being certified 8 times platinum. Daniel’s first release under Sony’s Epic Records, the album was also the first Brazilian album to cross the million sales mark by going on to sell 2.5 million copies, and counting. O Canto da Cidade was also a milestone in terms of it being Daniela Mercury
’s production debut as well; under a company that she founded that lent its name to the album. Daniela’s subsequent albums continued to facilitate her artistic development as well as posting sales of hundreds of thousands and spawning chart topping hits such as "Música de Rua", "O Reggae e o Mar", "À Primeira Vista", "Nobre Vagabundo" and "Rapunzel".
crossed over into the new millennium with an electronic zeal that transpired in her records Sol da Liberdade, Sou de Qualquer Lugar, Carnaval Eletrônico and the live album MTV ao Vivo – Eletrodoméstico released under BMG. Though resting on a classical axé core, the sound had an experimental edge to it as evident from the Emilio Estefan produced hit "Ilê Pérola Negra" and "Groove de la Baiana," which true to its name rocked 2001’s Bahian Carnaval. With a return to her early nineties musical roots in 2005, Daniela Mercury
released Balé Mulato under EMI. Having shed all her recent experimental trappings, Daniel’s sound in this album wore vibes similar to her Feijão com Arroz days and celebrated it carnaval-esque overtones in hits such "Topo do Mundo" and "Levada Brasileira".
’s rising popularity was bolstered by an active touring ethic. From her first international show at the Ritz in New York City in 1993 to travails across the United States and Europe in 1996 to the ambitious globetrotting in the mid 2000s, Daniela has been a consummate performer and a worthy axé ambassador. So book your Daniela Mercury tickets
now to receive an onslaught of musical blows from this axé wielding Queen of Bahai music.
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