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Elza Soares: Teleco Teco N° 2

Here is a fantastic song by one of the best Brazilian singers, Elza Soares.
Born (1937) and raised in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Elza Soares took part in a singing contest presented by the renowned Brazilian musician Ary Barroso, and received the highest marks. In the late 50's, she spent one year touring Argentina with Mercedes Batista. Elza Soares became popular with her first single "Se Acaso Você Chegasse", on which she introduced the scat "à la" Louis Armstrong, adding a bit of jazz to samba. Soares moved to São Paulo, where she performed at theaters and nightclubs. Her husky voice became her trademark. After finishing her second LP, "Bossa Negra", Elza went to Chile to represent Brazil in the 1962 World Cup. Elza Soares' outgoing and over-the-edge style fascinated audiences in Brazil and abroad. In the 70's, she toured the U.S. and Europe. She has been singing for more than 40 years. In 2000, she was awarded "Best Singer of the Millenium " by the BBC in London, where she played a concert with Gal Costa, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Virgínia Rodrigues. Still in 2000, she played a series of avant-garde music concerts directed by José Miguel Wisnik in Rio de Janeiro.
Enjoy this incredible mix of Louis Armstrong and Yma Sumac!

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