The unmistakable queen of Brazilian music performs her new album The Woman at the End of the World, with special guests to be announced.
Ushering in a new wave of Brazilian music while honouring its history, Elza Soares has been a defining presence in Brazilian music since the 50s. Her husky voice took her from the favela to the clubs to the recording studio with a run of seminal albums in the 60s and 70s which made her one of Brazil's most celebrated singers. Despite a life of as many tragedies and triumphs, Soares has used her platform to give a voice to people on the margins of society, becoming a voice for Brazil’s oppressed women and Black, gay and working class communities.
On her latest album Soares has teamed up with the cream of São Paulo's avant-garde musicians (including Kiko Dinucci, Marcel Cabral and Rodrigo Campos from Meta Meta/Passo Torto), singing, screaming and spitting tales of a life in Brazil that is anything but a tropical paradise. The Woman at the End of the World walks a tightrope between Post-Rock and Post-Samba, a contemporary classic set of apocalyptic, 'dirty' Samba songs, breaking new musical ground and confronting the reality of 21st century Brazil.
'Elza is the Queen of Brazil' - Gilles Peterson
‘A daring, experimental album . . . magnificent’ The Sunday Times