Virginia Rodrigues

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Virginia Rodrigues (born Salvador, December 31, 1964) is a Brazilian singer.[1]


Virginia Rodrigues started her career by singing in both Catholic and Protestant church choirs. In 1997, she was invited by the director Márcio Meirelles to attend Pelô Bye Bye. There she was discovered by Caetano Veloso.

The first album Sol Negro was produced by Celso Fonseca and had arrangements by Eduardo Souto Neto. It was released on the Rykodisc label and was well received in the United States and Europe. The Times of London described Rodrigues as "... The new diva of Brazilian music".[citation needed] The album also received good reviews in Le Monde and the magazine Rolling Stone.[citation needed]

Rodrigues second album, Nós, features songs of Ile Aiye, Olodum, Timbaland, Ara Ketu and Afreketê and was also well received with reviews in The New York Times and All Music Guide.[citation needed]

Her third album, Mares Profundos, was released in January 2004 on German label Deutsche Grammophon and features 11 African-sambas composed between 1962 and 1966 by guitarist Baden Powell (1937–2000) and the poet Vinicius de Moraes (1913–1980). The program closes with samba 'Lapinha' (Baden-Paulo Cesar Pinheiro).

Her fourth album, Recomeço, was released in 2008 and features poetry by Chico Buarque.

Rodrigues regularly appears at festivals of jazz and world music throughout the world, participating in several world tours. Former U.S. president Bill Clinton once said that she was the singer who he liked best in the world and mentioned her in his memoir "My Life."[citation needed]


  • Sol Negro (1998)
  • Nós (2000)
  • Mares Profundos (2004)
  • Recomeço (2008)
Contributing artist


  1. ^ Guzman, Isaac (March 30, 2001). "Two From Brazil's New Wave - New York Daily News". Daily News. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 

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