Born in the exotic city of Rio de Janeiro, KENIA is one of the most excitingly unique performers you can hear today. Her deep tone and excellent choice of repertoire is a sure sign of expertise. Kenia's voice has an infectious charm and persuasive whisper that takes more power in her native Portuguese but it's equally evocative in English.
She single-handedly defines the essence of Brazilian jazz. Kenia's captivating blend of venerable choro works and samba and Bossa nova captivates audiences around the world. Kenia has been noted as one of the most popular successful U.S. based Brazilian musicians since the heyday of Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66.
Arriving in the U.S. in 1980, Kenia quickly established herself as the new Brazilian singer on the scene and recorded her debut in the States with trumpeter Claudio Roditi on his album Red on Red. Several years later, she launched her solo recording career, producing four popular and critically-acclaimed albums for the MCA and Denon labels between 1987 and 1991. She also established herself as one of the most popular and successful U.S. based Brazilian musicians since the heyday of Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66. In 1997, Kenia launched her own label, Mooka Records, with a particularly ambitious effort; Project Ivan Lins, a tribute to one of Brazil's most prolific and popular contemporary songwriters, featuring Lins himself as a special guest.
In 2008, Kenia who had single-handedly defined the essence of heavily, pop-accented Brazilian jazz int eh 1980s and '90s, retired with an album that surpassed all expectations. With the release of Simply Kenia confidently reasserted her position as one of the reigning queens of Brazilian music.
Ever hungry for new challenges, in 2010, the sultry-voiced Brazilian enchantress, serves up one of the most demanding and satisfying projects of her three decade long career with Kenia Celebrates Dorival Caymmi on Mooka Records. She tackles the supremely melodic and culturally telling legacy of the Brazilian composer and singer who spent over seven decades creating an aural portrait of Bahia, the stronghold of Brazil's vibrant African culture.