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LUEDJI LUNA

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The indomitable sound of Luedji Luna!

Born in Salvador, Luedji Luna is a singer, songwriter, and the daughter of black political activists. She began her artistic career in the literary movement "Palavra Preta", and her debut album, "Um Corpo no Mundo", released in Oct. 2017. In it she portrays the African diaspora, talks about the strength of black women and the departure from Bahia that causes an allegorical longing.

Nominated at the Latin Grammy Awards and with two albums released and an EP the artist has already managed to consolidate her position in this new generation of Brazilian music, which brings a lot of freshness and new ways to interpret the popular music of Brazil.

Luedji Luna sings, as she says, her own truths, and the truth of millions of afro-Brazilian people and women. Intense and intimate in her lyrics, the artist delivers a work of personal experiences, from power to overcoming.

In her new show Luedji on stage vibrates loudly about resistance, with an essential speech about the black movement, bringing necessary debates about racism and imprisonment, LGBTQIA+phobia and genocide.

Three years have passed from "A Body in the World" and after the 2019 international tour, in the middle of October 2020 Luedji releases her second album, "Bom Mesmo É Estar Underwater". Crossed by motherhood, Luedji Luna creates a narrative that continues the 2017 album, a narrative of a black woman in a world that differentiates everyone by skin color and gender.

The artist's second album mixes rhythms, lyrics and poetry that comes to consolidate her as one of the great highlights of what would be the Brazilian "neo MPB". With part of the music recorded in African countries, such as Kenya, Burundi, and Madagascar, with the participation of local musicians and co-production by Kenyan guitarist Kato Change, the junction of jazz, R&B, MPB, and African rhythms fills - and overflows - the twelve tracks of the work that place the artist speaking in the first person about love, unlove, humanity, desire, and feelings.

When the smooth jazz-funk of "Chororô" segues into a cover of "Ain't Got No," Luna's ideological relationship with Nina Simone becomes evident. Like Simone, Luedji Luna is struggling to be a complex individual in an industry that prefers to toe the line of submission.

 

Luedji Luna manages to move through these thorny issues with a lightness in his voice and a mixture of rhythms, sometimes dancing, sometimes contemplative, of diverse themes: affection, abandonment, black genocide, ancestry, empowerment, spirituality, healing, and the orixás with intense poetic charge. 

A few seconds of immersion under a wave that envelops and soothes. Under crystal clear waters, one hears the voice of Lande Onawale, a Brazilian poet who sings the introduction "Uanga" repeated in two lines: "Love is something that grinds, muximba/E then the same thing that makes it heal", thus begins the visual album. After winning the "album of the year" category at the WME Awards Music, the visual album, directed by the singer, won an award at the Music Video Festival as "best national video in extended format".

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