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Ceu

Céu proved to one of the more internationally appealing singers to break out of Brazil around the time of her 2005 debut, ultimately winning a Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist and garnering interest for herself in Europe and North America. Her singing is what earned her acclaim, yet her music is novel as well, a fusion of samba, reggae, and electronica, with touches of jazz and soul. She was born Maria do Céu Whitaker Poças in São Paulo; however, she bills herself as simply Céu. (In Portuguese, céu can mean either sky or heaven, depending on the context; more specifically, the word comes from the Latin word caelu and refers to the infinite space overhead, including the sky as well as the cosmos.) She grew up in a music family; her father is a composer, arranger, and musicologist. At an early age, she learned to appreciate renowned Brazilian composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ernesto Nazareth, and Orlando Silva, and as a teenager, she decided to become a singer. Rather than go to college, she studied music, including theory as well as the violão, a nylon-stringed guitar native to Brazil.

Céu eventually moved to New York City for a while once she was old enough to leave home. There she encountered many new influences, including old-school jazz singers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald as well as contemporary R&B singers such as Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. Also while in New York City, she befriended Antonio Pinto, a fellow Brazilian musician; he is perhaps best known for composing the score to City of God (2002), among other films. In time, after moving back to Brazil and fronting a couple groups, Céu recorded her debut album, a self-titled release produced largely by Beto Villares, with the aid of Pinto. CéU was released in 2005 by Urban Jungle, a label based in São Paulo, in partnership with Ambulante Discos, Villares' label. The album was later licensed by Six Degrees, a stylish label based in San Francisco that is known for its catalog of Brazilian releases, after CéU had already been met with success in parts of Europe, including France -- and, by association, French-speaking Canada as well. Thanks to the buzz surrounding her debut, Céu earned a Latin Grammy nomination in 2006 for Best New Artist. Her sophomore release, Vagarosa, arrived in early 2009. For 2012's Caravana Sereia Bloom, Céu worked with producer Gui Amabis, to radically alter her approach to recording. She drew inspiration from earlier tropicalia while incorporating everything from Peruvian chicas and cumbias to reggae to alter her sound. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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I know right...
Such a sweeeet sound.
Where is she from!?
indyalove
Love
Love ittttttttt!! ! !
Wow, this new album seems to be more traditional Brazilian music, and few people do it better than this lady. I need to seek out this album.
Refreshing
jnyalala
FIFA 2008 is the first thing that comes to mind when I hear this jam.
voice takes your clothes off for you O.O
wallispayano
wow this song is amazing
jcda1983
Her voice actually translate to her name Ceu = heavenly like that transport once soul to an infinite places of tranquility. :)
I was introduced to this musician while shopping in a vintage store that was playing her music. I had to stop and ask the store clerk who was the person singing through the speakers and he said Ceu. I had him write it down and I went home and looked it up on Pandora and I been hooked every since then which was Christmas 2010. I had never listened to Brazilian music before and now I created a whole radio station around it on Pandora now. She is a beautiful artist with a beautiful jazz and soulful
buenísimo!!!
tonyponcejr
Just discovered Ce'U. She is a breath of sea breeze along a stretch of white sand. Simply beautiful.
blessed to have followed innovative brazilian musicians since 1971 while living in Sao Paulo and to continue to discover voices and lyrics that bring tears of joy for continued free spirit of expression. obrigado Céu
sgonzalez422 4
Discovered this amazing artist'Ceu' throug Pandoras "Bebe" Station, incredibly understandin g the music of this talented baeatiful voices..mind s and feelings touch our musical sences.. So fantastic..! ! Thanks
Ceu you are a spring breeze blowing through the vented door of my naive heart
Ceu and Marisa... who would need more?
"heavenly".. . . l i k e her name
the female brazilian bob marley with way more sex appeal.
Soft and sexy
I LOVE Ceu's music. The songwriting reminds me a bit of Amy Winehouse without the booze and swagger. The quirky noises and notes shimmering around the edges of the song helps take it out of traditional Samba. It floats and glimmers like water moving through the air, so sensuous. Wonderful!
capelight5
Nossa , amei desde a primeira vez que ouvi.
Beautiful lady, but it's not my thing.
clearyforce4
I heard her listening to Sade Radio here on Pandora and now its all I listen to. Drives my kids crazy because they dont understand and neither do I but she is a great artist and calms my home and my soul.
this is my soul music any king and every king it hits the rythym of by body, mind and soul
pmclaugh34
I'm in love...
que rica su voz¡
love it .... amo amo muito she sambas !!!
yes it's portugues from Brazil....qu i t e similar to portugues from Portugal and spanish obrigado
just shows that music transfers any language...b e a u t i f u l
Yes it is Portuguese, very close to, but a different language than Spanish. Sixth most widely spoken language in the world, spoken by 51% of South Americans. Eu amo as musicas do a cantadora Céu!
apaixonado qdo houvi primeira vez
dave9880
Portugese is the language spoken in Brazil and, I believe, sung on this album. I understand very, very little of it, but balance of consonants and vowels really lends itself to song. I suspect she -- or, indeed, many Brazilian artists -- could sing a grocery list and it would come across as poetic to my American-Eng l i s h - n a t i v e ears!
dundseth_3
anyone know the language? is it brazilian?
and very easy on the eyes, no?
Beautiful voice and style!

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