Every year Brasil Summerfest takes over NYC, this year offering a particular sort of cultural détente – especially at a time when our relationship with Latin America has been dishonored by a relentlessly xenophobic administration.
This year’s lineup promises more sensual sounds and sultry performances, featuring marquee talent from Seu Jorge to Jair Oliveira. But two artists in particular piqued our attention, as this year’s must sees.
Rio de Janeiro’s Ava Rocha makes music that overwhelms the senses, with rhythmic complexity and her exuberant vocal style. It’s epitomized by the new single “Joana Dark” (from her third album Tranca) with its sense of post-punk musical abandon and decidedly feminist accompanying video.
Conversely, São Paulo based Xênia França makes slinky, sultry sounds that envelope her seductive vocal delivery – as best exhibited by the single “Breu” – with its lavish atmospherics and stunning harmonies. Her 2017 debut album was concisely titled Xenia.
She’ll be appearing at Summerstage on August 5, as well as Natura Brasil on the 7th. Whereas Rocha will take the stage at National Sawdust on the 10th. Brasil Summerfest will carry on through the Saravá! Wild Carnival closing party on the 12th.