Teresa Cristina is one of the most beloved singers in Brazil, best known for revitalizing the country's most iconic musical style, samba. Her new live album and DVD, Canta Cartola, is out now on Nonesuch Records.
Canta Cartola was recorded at a concert at Theatro Net in Rio de Janeiro and features acoustic performances by Cristina and guitarist Carlinhos Sete Cordas. The album features the duo performing songs by Brazil's samba legend Angenor de Oliveira, known as "Cartola" (Portuguese for top hat).
Since 1999, appearing with Grupo Semente, Teresa Cristina has performed at a "roda de samba" (samba get-together) on Saturdays at the Bar Semente in Rio's Lapa neighborhood. She is one of the artists who has played a big part in the rebuilding of the Lapa neighborhood, one of the most important music centers of Rio de Janeiro, witness to much of the history of samba.
Teresa Cristina has performed with many of the city's other samba stars including the Velha Guarda da Portela, Elton Medeiros, Moacyr Luz, and Pedro Amorim. She is well known for interpreting the music of the greatest names in Brazilian popular music, such as Nelson Cavaquinho, Antônio Candeia, and Paulinho da Viola. As a composer, she has written sambas with Argemiro da Portela.
The concert presented in Canta Cartola was a tribute to Cartola and his legacy. Cartola was born at the beginning of the 20th century and raised in a favela of Rio de Janeiro called Mangueira, which was one of the cradles of samba and home to one of the most popular samba schools of Rio, Estação Primeira de Mangueira. His many timeless classics include "As Rosas não Falam" and "O Mundo É um Moinho." Cartola remains a great influence on other samba artists and fans who love his enduring songs.
Teresa Cristina will be performing in support of Caetano Veloso on an eight-city tour including two nights at The Town Hall in New York City on October 12 and 13 and Oct 16 at Symphony Center in Chicago and Oct 18 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.