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Background information
Birth nameKarla Rodrigues
Born (1987-05-27) 27 May 1987 (age 32)
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
GenresKuduro, Funk carioca, R&B, Bass music
Occupation(s)Singer, dancer
Years active2001–present
LabelsWarner Music
Associated actsBuraka Som Sistema

Blaya, stage name of Karla Rodrigues (born May 27, 1987), is a Brazilian-born Portuguese singer and dancer.[1]


She started singing in 2001, but her professional career only began in 2008, after joining a casting looking for stage dancer of Buraka Som Sistema. She also ended up becoming one of the group vocalists. The partnership with the band lasted until 2016, after the group announced its hiatus for undetermined time.[1] Before that, in 2013, Blaya released a free solo EP, the self-named Blaya. In order to promote the EP, she released the music video for "Superfresh", one of the EP's tracks, in December 2013.

Since then, Blaya focuses on giving dance classes and later on she returned to singing.

In March 2018, she released her single "Faz Gostoso", which was a huge success on Portugal. "Faz Gostoso" hit the first place on the Portuguese charts and earned more than 24 million views on YouTube.[2] In September 2018, Blaya released two singles simultaneously, along with their respective music videos: "Má Vida" and "Vem na Vibe". In the same month, Portuguese TV station TVI premiered its new telenovela, Valor da Vida and its opening sonh, "Tudo Passou", is sung by Blaya. "Tudo Passou" incorporates musical and lyric elements of Kaoma's hit single, "Lambada" and its music video was shot in Guimarães.

Personal life[edit]

Even though Blaya was born in Brazil, she came to live in Portugal when she was only two months old.[3]

In 2012, she publicly announced her bisexuality.[4]

In July 2017 she gave birth to her first child, a girl named Aura Electra Rodrigues Russo.[5]



List of singles, with selected details and chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"Faz Gostoso" 2018 1 Non-album single(s)
"Má Vida"
"Vem na Vibe" 46
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2018 MTV Europe Music Award Best Portuguese Act Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Blaya. Buraka, aulas de kuduro e um disco "Superfresh"". ionline (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  2. ^ Group, Global Media (2018-03-15). "Blaya tem música nova para mostrar como se "Faz Gostoso"". DN (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  3. ^ SAPO. "Blaya: "É muito complicado as pessoas ultrapassarem a barreira do rabo. Acham que eu sou só o rabo. E não sou"". SAPO 24 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  4. ^ "Blaya, dos Buraka Som Sistema, assume bissexualidade (com vídeo)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  5. ^ Group, Global Media (2017-07-15). "Blaya já é mãe e partilha primeira fotografia da filha". JN (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  6. ^ Hung, Steffen. " - Blaya - Faz gostoso". Retrieved 2018-10-05.