Daughter of sambista Martinho da Vila and singer Analia Mendonca (her name is a blend of parents' names), the singer was born in Vila Isabel, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Since childhood she was surrounded by music.
She began her professional career at age 16, doing backing vocals for her father beside her sister, Analimar. In the mid 1990s, she began making presentations on the circuit of bars, nightclubs and theaters in Rio de Janeiro, which culminated in the release of her album My Man, facing the samba. Since 1994, she joined the group Batacotô, who launched the Semba Ancestors. The artist was also the band's percussionist Ivan Lins.
Mart'nália had the privilege of becoming sponsored big names of Brazilian popular music thanks to her father. Caetano Veloso was the artistic director of her foot hard on my Samba, as well as composing the title track, and Maria Bethânia produced Menino do Rio From these two albums, Mart'nália began to attract greater media attention and have an agenda shows more established throughout the country, paving the way for international tours through Europe and Africa.
- Mart'nália (1987)
- Minha cara (1997)
- Pé de meu samba (2002)
- Pé de meu samba ao vivo (2004)
- Menino do Rio (2006)
- Mart'nália em Berlim ao vivo (2006)
- Madrugada (2008)
- Minha Cara (2009)
- Mart'nália em África ao Vivo (2010)
- Não Tente Compreender (2012)