In recent years, there have been many Brazilian artists discovered by American audiences. The Portuguese-speaking country seems to have an endless supply of musical talent, and they have kept coming ever since Tom Jobim introduced us to Bossa Nova by way of Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd and Frank Sinatra. One of the most recent imports is Pernambuco-born singer-songwriter Lenine, who might just be the most prolific to have emerged in the last decade. Even before his recording career had taken off proper, his songs had already been recorded by the likes of Milton Nascimento, Ney Matogrosso and Maria Rita. On a live setting, Lenine expands his Northeastern Brazil roots, dabbling in heavy funk, hip-hop and rock territory, further meshing these with other Latin influences. He is known to deliver a fiery, high-energy performance that transcends language barriers. He has fine guitar skills and a also brings forth a strong stage presence, as can be heard on last year’s Latin Grammy-awarded live CD, “In Cité,” which documents a 2004 Paris performance. On his self-titled U.S. debut (Six Degrees), he showcases a collection of the best of his studio recordings, culled from three of his earlier Brazilian releases. (Ernest Barteldes)
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