Luísa Maita

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Luísa Maita
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Background information
Birth nameLuísa Taubkin Maita
Born (1982-04-27) April 27, 1982 (age 37)
São Paulo, Brazil
GenresMPB, Latin jazz, world
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter

Luísa Maita (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈizɐ] is a Brazilian singer-songwriter whose debut album was released in US and Europe by Cumbancha[1] and in Brazil by Oi Música in May 2010.


Maita was born in São Paulo, Brazil on April 27, 1982, into a musical family. Her father, Amado Maita, was a composer and musician and her mother, Myriam Taubkin, is a music producer. The samba was present in Luisa's early days because of the experiences of her father in Bexiga, a working-class neighborhood in São Paulo famous for its culture, food, and music. Bexiga is also the location of Vai-Vai, a traditional samba school.

Maita started singing samba, bossa nova, and her father's composition. Her professional career began at the age of seven when she sang jingles.[2]

The dance, the instruments, the melodies, the drumming, the body language in samba is a huge influence to Luisa's music, as is pop music from Michael Jackson.[3]

In 1999, Maita founded her first band, Urbanda. She sang with Daniel Taubkin and as a backing vocalist for Jair Rodrigues. After that, she collaborated with musicians from her generation such as Max de Castro, Mariana Aydar, Ricardo Teté, Danilo Moraes, and Ricardo Herz.

In 2006 the Brazilian singer Virgínia Rosa recorded two songs by Maita on her album Samba a Dois.[4] In 2009, Mariana Aydar released her second album with a composition by Maita and Rodrigo Campos, "Beleza", one of the best songs of the year according to Rolling Stone Brazil magazine.[5] Maita also appears in four songs on Rodrigo Campos' debut album São Materus Não É Um Lugar Assim Tão Longe and as the singer of the promotional videos for the Rio 2016 Olympic games directed by Fernando Meirelles.[6]

After the release of Lero-Lero in the US, NPR's All Things Considered said that Maita is "the New Voice of Brazil"[7] and "if Maita keeps making records this good, she could well be on her way to international stardom".

In November 2010, Maita made her first North America tour, receiving positive reviews from The New York Times,[8] The Washington Post[9] and Boston Globe.[10] During the tour, she also appeared on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert[11] and KCWR's Morning Becomes Eclectic show.[12]

In Brazil, the album appread in lists of the best albums of 2010, including in the magazines Veja[13] and Rolling Stone Brasil.[14]

In July 2011, Maita received the award for Best New Artist[15] in the twenty-second edition of the Brazilian Music Award and went to her first European tour playing in festivals like Nuits du Sud in France and Musicas do Mundo in Portugal.


  • Lero-Lero (Oi Música, Cumbancha, 2010)
  • Maita Remixed (Cumbancha, 2010)
  • Fio da Memória (Cumbancha, 2016)[16]


  • 2011 – Best New Artist at the Brazilian Music Awards (the Brazilian equivalent of the Grammy)


  • 2011 – sang on the álbum "Setembro" of Junio Barreto
  • 2011 – sang on the track "Samambaia" from the album "Taxi Imã" of Pipo Pegoraro
  • 2011 – sang on the track "Amor na Lanterna" from the album "O Destino Vestido de Noiva" of Fabio Góes
  • 2010 – sang "Coração Brasileiro" on Carlos Núñes album "Alborada do Brasil"
  • 2009 – sang "Cidade Maravilhosa" and "Aquele Abraço" on promotional videos for Olympics in Rio, 2016
  • 2009 – sang on four tracks of Rodrigo Campos album "São Mateus Não É Um Lugar Tão Longe"
  • 2009 – Mariana Aydar recorded the song "Beleza" written by Luísa Maita and Rodrigo Campos


  1. ^ Jeff Tamarkin (April 1, 2010). "Jeff Tamarkin, "Luisa Maita to Release Debut Album on Cumbancha Discovery Label"". Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Slater, Russ (July 1, 2010). "Luisa Maita offers up a fresh mix of samba, bossa nova and MPB". Sounds and Colours. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  3. ^ Slater, Russ (September 5, 2010). "Five Records that Changed My Life – Luísa Maita". Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "Carlos Calado – Folha de S.Paulo, "Virgínia Rosa espalha ecletismo pelo samba"". December 29, 2006. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  5. ^ Sabbre Agência. "Rolling Stone Brazil, "25 melhores músicas nacionais de 2009"". Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  6. ^ "Monica Bergamo – Folha de S.Paulo, "A Voz da Rio 2016"". October 16, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  7. ^ "Luisa Maita: The New Voice Of Brazil". NPR. August 2, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  8. ^ Pareles, Jon (November 5, 2010). "Luísa Maita at S.O.B.'s – Review". Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  9. ^ "Click Track – In concert: Luisa Maita at Bohemian Caverns". November 5, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  10. ^ "Brazilliant! – The Boston Globe". November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  11. ^ Contreras, Felix (December 26, 2010). "Luisa Maita: Tiny Desk Concert". NPR. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  12. ^ "Luísa Maita Live at KCRW on Morning Becomes Eclectic 11.18.10". Retrieved November 15, 2012.
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  14. ^ Sabbre Agência (September 20, 2012). "Os 25 Melhores Discos Nacionais de 2010 – Rolling Stone Brasil". Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  15. ^ "Conheça os vencedores | Prêmio da música brasileira". July 7, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  16. ^ "Luisa Maita | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved April 6, 2017.