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Belô Velloso

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Santo Amaro, Bahia

Belô Velloso, (Santo Amaro, Bahia, 19 August 1971) is a Brazilian MPB singer and composer of several albums. She has been recognized by the New York Times.

Belô had been immersed in musical talent at an early age. Her mother, Mabel Velloso, is a noted composer and a writer of several books. Her uncle, Caetano Velloso, is regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of Brazil. Belô is also the niece of the singer Maria Bethânia, another of the nation’s music icons. And her grandmother, Dona Canô, is considered a gifted singer.

Belô commmenced singing in her hometown at 15. However, her artistic career began by singing in various clubs in the city of Rio de Janiero, after she had moved there at the age of 19. Belô released her first album, entitled “Belo Velloso” in 1996. Um Segundo, her second album, received good airing with “A Vida Tem Dessas Coisas” and “As Curvas Da Estrada de Santos”.

Recently, Belo had participated in a 90 day U.S. tour based on the album, “Putumayo Presents: Women of Latin America”. The tour was coordinated by the U.S. Putumayo record label and under the direction of Columbia Artists. While on this tour she performed in 35 cities to an estimated combined audience of 70,000.

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