There’s nothing ordinary in Elza Soares’s life and career. Since the 1950s, she embodies the voice of Brazil, not simply because she’s one of the most popular Brazilian singers, but also because she has sung her country in every form and shape.
She has sung Brazilian tradition and avant-garde, has given voice to people from the favelas, minorities and oppressed, but also performed on the most renowned world stages and opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. She has become a symbol, but also marginalised.
A Mulher do Fim do Mundo (The Woman at the End of the World) is arguably the title which better describes Elza Soares. She will perform her latest album at the Barbican in a few days’ time, and it goes without saying that the experience will be everything but ordinary. All the more so, if the opening act is a one-of-a-kind singer/songwriter like Eska.
The Woman At The End Of The World is Brazilian singing legend Elza Soares’ most recent release, a socially engaged album that exists to make us conscious of Brazil’s underbelly and unsettle our individual interiors through experimental instrumentation. It might just be the use of “end of the world” but…