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Martnália Mendonça Ferreira, known as Mart'nália (Rio de Janeiro, September 7, 1965) is a Brazilian singer, songwriter and percussionist.


Daughter of sambista Martinho da Vila and singer Analia Mendonca (her name is a blend of parents' names), the singer was born in Vila Isabel, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Since childhood she was surrounded by music.

She began her professional career at age 16, doing backing vocals for her father beside her sister, Analimar. In the mid 1990s, she began making presentations on the circuit of bars, nightclubs and theaters in Rio de Janeiro, which culminated in the release of her samba album Minha cara. Since 1994, she joined the group Batacotô, whose percussionist was Ivan Lins.

Mart'nália had the privilege of becoming sponsored by big names of Brazilian popular music thanks to her father. Caetano Veloso was the artistic director of her Pé de meu samba and composed the title track, and Maria Bethânia produced Menino do Rio From these two albums, Mart'nália began to attract greater media attention and to have shows throughout the country, paving the way for international tours through Europe and Africa.[1]

In 2015, her album Em Samba! Ao vivo was nominated for the 16th Latin Grammy Awards in the Best Samba/Pagode Album category.[2] In 2017, another album of hers, Misturado, was nominated in the same category of the 2017 edition, and this time it won.[3] In 2019, she was nominated for a third time in that category, this time for the album Mart'nalia Canta Vinicius de Moraes.[4]


  • Mart'nália (1987)
  • Minha cara (1997)
  • Pé de meu samba (2002)
  • Pé de meu samba ao vivo (2004)
  • Menino do Rio (2006)
  • Mart'nália em Berlim ao vivo (2006)
  • Madrugada (2008)
  • Minha Cara (2009)
  • Mart'nália em África ao Vivo (2010)
  • Não Tente Compreender (2012).[5]


  1. ^ "Mart'nalia". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "La lista completa de nominados a los Latin Grammy 2015". Infobae (in Spanish). September 23, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Ceccarini, Viola Manuela (November 20, 2017). "The 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards in Las Vegas". Livein Style. Archived from the original on December 8, 2019. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Cabo, Leila (November 14, 2019). "Latin Grammys 2019 Winners: Complete List". Billboard. MRC. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  5. ^ "Mart'nalia". Archived from the original on October 3, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.