Mallu Magalhães

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Mallu Magalhães
Background information
Birth name Maria Luiza de Arruda Botelho Pereira de Magalhães
Also known as Mallu Magalhães
Born (1992-08-29) August 29, 1992 (age 23)
Origin São Paulo, Brazil
Genres MPB, indie pop, indie folk, folk rock, bossa nova
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, composer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica, banjo, dobro, ukulele
Years active 2008 — present
Labels Sony BMG
Associated acts Marcelo Camelo, Banda do Mar

Maria Luiza de Arruda Botelho Pereira de Magalhães (born August 29, 1992 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian singer, songwriter and musician. Mallu first came to prominence through her MySpace page, becoming known for her own songs and those of renowned artists. She found herself gracing the covers of major newspapers such as Folha de S. Paulo, O Estado de S. Paulo and Jornal do Brasil, and was featured in Rolling Stone, Istoé, Época among others. In the first two years of career, she became the subject of countless blogs, packed shows, attracted critical attention, and had more than 4 million hits on her MySpace page. In 2008 she released her first eponymous album and in 2009 she released her second album, also self-titled. In 2013 she formed Banda do Mar, along with her husband Marcelo Camelo, and the Portuguese drummer Fred Ferreira. Their first album was released in August, 2014. Mallu has a daughter, Luísa, born 29 December 2015.[1]


1992–2007: Before the fame[edit]

Mallu is the daughter of a landscape architect and an engineer with a passion for classic rock, which appears as an influence on their musical tastes. Aged eight, Mallu received a guitar from her father and two years later began teaching. At twelve, she began writing songs, mostly written in English.[2]

On her 15th birthday, Mallu asked her parents and grandparents that their gifts were given in cash. With it, Mallu managed to record four songs in the studio Lucy Sky, and put them on her MySpace page, among which "Tchubaruba", "J1" and the music video "Vanguart" became best known.[2]

Mallu has received positive criticism in publications such as Rolling Stone,[3] Trip[4] and Bravo!,[5][6] and her music has been praised for its inception, spontaneity, cultural background and her talent for singing and composing both in English and Portuguese. Mallu also sings and composes in French.[2] She lists her influences as classic rock and folk as well as The Beatles, Belle & Sebastian, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and other similar musical styles.[2]

Mallu Magalhães was the first artist from Brazil to participate in the design world Sessions MTV and at the same station, had her first clip "J1", as one of the most requested by viewers.[2]

Mallu plays guitar, harmonica, melodica and banjo.[2]

2008–2009: First album, tour, and DVD[edit]

With concerts selling out across the country, she held a special show for the clothing line Maria Bonita Extra, at Fashion Rio, a major fashion event in Brazil; three concerts in Portugal, one of which at the biggest music festival in the country, Southwest Festival, along with Faith No More and Lily Allen. The songs "J1" and "Tchubaruba" were also used in a national campaign for Brazilian cell phone operator Vivo. [7]

Mallu collected appraisals from celebrities and national personalities all over Brazil. She was a special guest at Tom Zé's talk show. Being one of her greatest fans, he declared once:

"I heard the music of Mallu and loved it. I became a fan."[2]

During the holidays in July 2008, Mallu recorded at AR studios in Rio de Janeiro, where a console analog to the one at British EMI's Abbey Road Studios, analogue tape recorders and rare microphones from the 60s were used, to capture the atmosphere. The production was led by Mario Caldato Jr, who had worked with artists like John Lee Hooker, Beck and Björk, and the album was released independently by the Agencia de Música and Microservice on November 15, 2008.[2]

Invited by the artist Marcelo Camelo (Los Hermanos), Mallu sang and played the guitar in the song Janta (Marcelo Camelo), which appeared on Camelo's debut album. Both admitted having a relationship after Camelo made a special appearance at Mallu's concert on Morro da Urca in October 2008.[2]

That same year Mallu was nominated for the Brazilian's MTV Music Awards, running for artist of the year, best new artist and concert of the year, but lost. She spent the year traveling around Brazil and giving numerous concerts, including one at the My Space Music Tour, a gratuitous series of concerts. In early October, she recorded her first live DVD during a concert in São Paulo.[8]

2009–2010: Second album and tour[edit]

In August 2009, Mallu entered the studio again, this time under the direction of renowned producer Kassin (Vanessa da Mata, Caetano Veloso, Mariah Carey) to record her second CD, which was launched on December 8, 2009 Agência de Música/Sony Music with Shine Yellow as the first single. A tour supported the album pair began on January 23, 2010 in the "Festival de Verão de Salvador" in Salvador, Bahia.[2]

2011-2013: Third album and international exposure[edit]

In "Pitanga", produced in partnership with her boyfriend Marcelo Camelo and released on September 30, 2011, Mallu presents her third album showing both personal and musical growth. In this album, the artist explored new instruments such as drums, piano and electric guitars. "Highly Sensitive", a compilation, was released in October 2013 in the US, Mallu's first US release. Prior to the release of the album, the title track "Highly Sensitive" was used as the soundtrack for Windows 8 commercial ads.[9]

2013-present: Banda do Mar[edit]

After move to Lisbon with her husband Marcelo Camelo, they joined the drummer Fred Ferreira to form Banda do Mar, releasing their first album in late 2014.

Band members[edit]

  • Mallu Magalhães - vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Thiago Consorti - bass
  • Davi Bernardo - guitar
  • Rafael Miranda - drums
  • Rodolfo Guilheme - percussion



Studio albums
Compilation albums
Video releases

With Banda do Mar[edit]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome Ref.
2008 Best of the Year Best Musical Revelation Mallu Magalhães Nominated
MTV Video Music Brazil Best New Act Mallu Magalhães Nominated
MTV Video Music Brazil Act of the Year Mallu Magalhães Nominated
MTV Video Music Brazil Best Live Act Mallu Magalhães Nominated
2009 MTV Video Music Brazil Act of the Year Mallu Magalhães Nominated
MTV Video Music Brazil Video of the Year Vanguart Nominated
2010 MTV Video Music Brazil Act of the Year Mallu Magalhães Nominated
MTV Video Music Brazil Video of the Year Shine Yellow Nominated
MTV Video Music Brazil Best Pop Act Mallu Magalhães Nominated
2011 MTV Video Music Brazil Video of the Year Nem Fé, Nem Santo Nominated
2012 MTV Video Music Brazil Act of the Year Mallu Magalhães Nominated
MTV Video Music Brazil Video of The Year Velha e Louca Nominated
MTV Video Music Brazil Best Female Act Mallu Magalhães Nominated
2014 APCA Trophy Best Group Banda do Mar Won
2015 Latin Grammy Awards Best Brazilian Rock Album Banda do Mar Nominated
Latin Grammy Awards Best Brazilian Song Mais Ninguém Nominated


  1. ^ "Mallu Magalhães dá à luz Luisa, filha com Marcelo Camelo". (in Portuguese). G1. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Mallu |". Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  3. ^ "Garota Prodígio - Edição 18 - (Março/2008) - Rolling Stone Brasil". Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  4. ^ "Revista Trip - Peso-leve". Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  5. ^ "A Ascensão de Mallu Magalhães - Bravo!". Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  6. ^ "Revolucionária Aos 16 anos - Música - A Revista - BRAVO!". Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  7. ^ Comercial Vivo Pré com Mallu Magalhães
  8. ^ [1] Archived August 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "My Cure, My Joy, My Job: An Interview with Mallu Magalhães". Sounds and Colours. Retrieved 2013-11-19.