Born in Brazil, Marilane de Mello (pictured) has soaked up the music of that country since she could click her fingers, throw back her hair and stamp her foot to the local bossa-nova synchopating from the radio. She grew up with the music of famous Brazilian singers like Elis Regina, Astrud Gilberto, Joao Gilberto, Gal Costa, Leila Pinheiro and Marisa Monte.
In Australia Marilane has fronted many of Australias finest Brazilian music bands Cafe Brasil, Sambalada, Marilane and Brazil 6, and Marilanes Brazilian Jazz Ensemble and featured on radio and television.
Marilane has travelled widely with her music and has performed all over Australia and overseas.
She covers a wide variety of rhythms, exploring the wealth of the Brazilian musical culture and its origin. Favouring the bossa-nova (which is Brazilian jazz really), she also includes the contagious, feet-fracturing samba, the traditional north-eastern baio, the lambada, the olodum (afro-brazilian), the frevo...(and you thought Brazilian music was just Brazilian music. Wrong. There are many styles and regional differences. And Marilane de Mello can show you them all.)
Marilane and her band will play at the Jazz N Blues gig at the Ballina Hotel this Saturday, January 27, from 7.30pm. And guess what? Its free.