Lena d'Água

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Helena Maria de Jesus Águas (born 16 June 1956), commonly known as Lena d'Água, is a Portuguese singer.

Biography[edit]

Lena d'Água was born in Lisbon. In 1973 she enrolled briefly in Sociology but, as the 25 April 1974 Carnation Revolution came to fruition, she left university and joined a theatre group, later majoring in Education.

In 1975, d'Água married Ramiro Martins, the bass player of The Beatnicks. The couple had a daughter and, in May of the following year, she joined the band as lead singer, divorcing and leaving the project in 1978. Being the first woman in the country to lead a pop rock band, she became a sex symbol and a pop star; after singing with the Beatnicks and Salada de Frutas she pursued a solo career with her band Atlântida, whose first three solo albums were produced by England's Robin Geoffrey Cable.

Lena d'Água was a heroin addict for about nine years, but nevertheless she never left music and became clean in 1998.[1] She sang Billie Holiday[2] and Elis Regina[3] with Portuguese jazz musicians, whom with she would later record a live album singing Portuguese classics from the 70's and 80's at the Hot Clube in 2005. Her latest album, Carrossel, was recorded in 2013, with a rock and roll power trio called Rock and Roll Station with whom she recovered her pop-rock hits from the 80s.

Personal life[edit]

D'Água is the daughter of S.L. Benfica star José Águas, who played for the club in the 1950s and 1960s. Her younger brother, Rui, represented it three decades later, and both appeared for the Portuguese national team.[4]

In 2011, d'Água wrote a book about her father, titled «José Águas, o meu pai herói» («José Águas, my hero father»).

Discography[edit]

  • 1978 – Ascenção e Queda (Petrus Castrus)
  • 1979 – Qual é Coisa, Qual é ela?
  • 1979 - O Nosso Livro/Cantiga da Babá (single)
  • 1980 – Sem Açúcar (Salada de Frutas)
  • 1981 – Robot/Armagedom (Salada de Frutas single)
  • 1980 – Vígaro cá, vígaro lá/Labirinto (single)
  • 1982 – Perto de ti
  • 1983 – Papalagui/Jardim Zoológico (single)
  • 1984 – Lusitânia
  • 1986 – Terra Prometida
  • 1987 – Aguaceiro
  • 1989 – Tu Aqui
  • 1992 – Ou Isto ou Aquilo
  • 1993 – As Canções do Século
  • 1996 – Demagogia (greatest hits)
  • 1996 – O Melhor de Lena d'Água - Sempre Que o Amor Me Quiser (greatest hits)
  • 2007 – Sempre - live at Hot Clube de Portugal
  • 2011 – Lena d'Agua & Banda Atlântida (Bandas Míticas compilation, 14)
  • 2014 – Carrossel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lena d'Água "Nunca quis ser cantora, nunca gostei da fama" (Lena d'Água "I never wanted to be a singer, i never enjoyed fame"); i, 22 May 2010 (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ Lena canta Billie abril 2002 Guarda (Lena signs Billie April 2002 Guarda); Lena d'Água, 2 September 2014 (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ 2002 Lena canta Elis 6teto (2002 Lena sings Elis 6teto); at YouTube (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ ""O Luís Pedro [Fonseca] é que tinha tudo na cabeça. Ele era o doutrinador" – recorde entrevista com Lena d'Água em 2010" ["Luís Pedro [Fonseca] was the one that had everything in his head. He was the indoctrinator" – remember interview with Lena d'Água in 2010] (in Portuguese). Blitz. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 

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