Karen Souza

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Karen Souza
Press conference of Karen Souza - November 7, 2016 (02).jpg
Karen Souza during the press conference in Mexico on November 7, 2016.
Background information
Also known asPrivé, Pacha Ibiza, FTV
Born (1984-01-10) January 10, 1984 (age 35)
La Pampa, Argentina
GenresJazz, vocal jazz
Years active2002–present
LabelsMusic Brokers

Karen Souza (born January 10, 1984) is a jazz singer from La Pampa, Argentina.[1]


Souza began her career by providing vocals for producers of electronic music. Under the pseudonyms Privé, Pacha Ibiza, and FTV (FashionTV) she sang lounge jazz versions of hits songs from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, such as "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode and "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" by Culture Club.[2]

In 2010, she played several shows at Tokyo's Blue Note Café and was signed for Japan by JVC Victor. She was also extensively touring Latin America, playing gigs in Venezuela, Brazil,[3]

In 2013, she spent two months touring throughout Mexico.[4] While she was known for her jazz renditions of 1980s hits, her repertoire includes a number of her own songs, such as "Paris", "Break my Heart" and "Lie to Me".

Her version of "Creep" by Radiohead was used extensively in the film The Zero Theorem (2013). Terry Gilliam, who directed the film, was unfamiliar with the original.[5]


  • Essentials (Music Brokers, 2011)
  • Hotel Souza (Music Brokers, 2012)
  • Essentials II (Music Brokers, 2014)
  • Velvet Vault (Music Brokers, 2018)[6][7]


  1. ^ "Concluye Festival Internacional Tamaulipas en Reynosa". HoyTamaulipas. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  2. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Karen Souza". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Karen Souza e Coltrane Quartet lançam CD em SP". Paraná Online. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Chatea con Karen Souza, la voz que seduce". Excélsior. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Terry Gilliam didn't know 'The Zero Theorem' theme 'Creep' was a Radiohead song". NME. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "Jazz Singer/Songwriter Karen Souza Releases New Album 'Velvet Vault,' 12/1". Broadway World. Wisdom Digital Media. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  7. ^ Hermann, Andy (25 April 2018). "Karen Souza Raids the Vault on New Album". DownBeat. Retrieved 27 April 2018.

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