Centuries ago–just look at a map and you will see how close Brazil is to the west coast of Africa–millions of our people were forcefully imported, whipped actually, and transported into the so-called new world. At the beginning of the 21st century, a female singer who proudly draws on her heritage offers a forward vision of what the confluence of culture and politics can mean.
Her name is Luedji Luna. She is literally a big Black woman. Her music is a mix of styles. She was born in Salvador, the larger historic home of Afro-Brazilians and twenty some years later moved to São Paulo, one of the largest cities located in the south of the country.
Her music celebrates being Black. Being woman. Being Brazilian.
Liedji is a stand-up performer. Singing in the musical way Salvadorians articulate the Portuguese tongue. Swaying in a non-professional way as she performs. She obviously is comfortable with being her self.
Listen. Learn. Be entranced.