March is Women’s History Month
March salutes Brazil’s women of song, from Chiquinha Gonzaga to today’s rising female stars.
Could it be fate?
In 1987, the U.S. Congress formally adopted a law proclaiming March as Women’s History Month. Many nations – including Brazil – acknowledge International Women’s Day on March 8th.
However, the USA is the only nation to set aside the entire month in observance of women, from all cultures, creeds, and beliefs.
And maybe, that’s where fate steps in.
March’s Musical Birthdays
Because March is a historic month for Brazil’s women of song.
Take a peek at Connect Brazil’s video list of March musical birthdays. Right from the start, you’ll see that March is a pretty special month.
One of the world’s most musical cities, Rio de Janeiro celebrates its birthday on March 1st. Brazilian jazz pioneer Flora Purim was born on March 6th. Elis Regina’s day is March 17th. Eliane Elias celebrates on March 19th, Zizi Possi on March 28th, and Astrud Gilberto’s birthday comes along on March 29th.
Those are just a few of the highlights.
MPB’s Nora Ney was born in Rio, on March 20th, 1922. Anitta came to us on March 30, and singer/actress Araci Cortes was born in Rio, on March 31st, 1904.
You’ll have to admit it. When it comes to birthdays for Brazil’s women of song, March can rightly claim legendary status.
In the early 1990s, I was asked to provide are permanent home for Elis Regina’s life story. Translated into English, this book-length biography remains available as a free-to-read option for fans worldwide, courtesy of Connect Brazil.
You can access Furacão Elis (Hurricane Elis) by Regina Echeverria (translated to English by Robert St-Louis) here. It’s a great weekend read.
Listen to the Women of Brazilian Song channel
In 2021, Connect Brazil undertook an exciting streaming project for AccuRadio. The creation of the Women of Brazilian Song channel. With more than 500 titles curated, you are sure to enjoy the variety of superb female vocalists and instrumentalists.
Different female artists are spotlighted within the channel throughout the year. March is always dedicated to Elis Regina. Always free, always live.
- Listen here.
The Women of Brazilian Song channel is one of 15 Brazilian music channels offered by AccuRadio via our programmers at Connect Brazil. The lineup includes The Girl From Ipanema channel, Brazilian Jazz Instrumentals, BossaNovaville, XODÓ!, and many more.
New Music: Brazil
And our New Music Brazil channel features to Top 100 new Brazilian songs, as rated by listeners like you. You’ll enjoy new songs from Caro Pierotto, Vanessa da Mata, Daniela Soledade, ANNA, Ella & The Bossa Beat, Cecy Santana, and Roberta Campos.
The complete list of streaming channels is here.
I hope that you’ll discover, explore and enjoy March’s month-long salute to Brazil’s women of song and that you’ll share your favorites with others, too.
Thanks for stopping by!
March Salutes Brazil’s Women of Song
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