Daniela Mercury

Daniela Mercury

Daniela Mercury

Friday, October 14, 8:00pm
at Paramount Theatre

Daniela Mercury

Daniela Mercury

With more #1 hits than any other woman in Brazilian history, Daniela Mercury embodies the celebratory music of Salvador de Bahia, the heart of Afro-Brazilian culture. After years of training as a dancer, she first gained attention in her late teens as a pioneering female vocalist with trios elétricos, the bands that travel by flatbed truck to provide music for Salvador’s Carnaval. Her marathon six-hour performances helped Mercury hone the remarkable energy that makes her concerts exhilarating kaleidoscopes of color, light, dance and joyous sensuality. Mercury’s 1991 debut featured collaboration with the powerhouse percussion ensemble Olodum and introduced her turbocharged Axé (ah-shay) sound — a rhythm-heavy hybrid of samba, reggae, rock and Caribbean influences. With the release of her second album, 1993’s massive hit O Canto Da Cidade, Mercury became a certified pop icon. More recently her smash 2006 release, Balé Mulato: Ao Vivo, won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Brazilian Roots Album. Mercury has spent much of the past decade working with an international cast of DJs, developing new electronica-laced grooves, as evidenced by her latest project, Canibália. But regardless of the technological trappings, Daniela Mercury remains strongly grounded in the organic, propulsive percussion of Carnaval.

Artist Personnel

Daniela Mercury vocals
Daniela Alves Nascimento
   backing vocals
Gabriel Almeida Povoas
   guitar, backing vocals
Alexandre Vargas guitar
Marcelo Adrian Lima Galter keyboard
Júlio César Marques Leony bass
Victor Carvalho de Souza drums
Luis Carlos Oliveira de Souza
   percussion
Reinaldo Boaventura dos Santos
   percussion

Dancers

Arisma Silva de Souza Junior
Cristiane Santos de Jesus
Giovana Almeida Povoas
Leticia Cardoso dos Santos
Robson Maciel de Melo

Artist Website

"Daniela Mercury works hard to make her shows full of dance and flash and energy, but also full of Afro-Brazilian culture. " — The New York Times
"Her voice radiates the warmth of a thousand suns... you’d have to go back to the days of Carmen Miranda to appreciate the impact of Daniela Mercury. " — Chicago Sun-Times