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Tita Lima

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Listen to Possibilidades

Possibilidades hit the top 5 chart on KCRW radio in August 2010.

“It seems as if she is singing into your ear. A voice so expertly restrained, gentile, like a ray of sun that dances on the surface of the water” –Ronaldo Bressane – Journalist Revista Trip

Freshly squeezed and just the right side of avant garde. I love this stuff!" Gilles Petterson (BBC Radio)

"Tita comes off selfless artist that thinks like a music producer and whose sole concern is the vibe. Her sound is utterly modern and sultry while exquisetely roots-laden and raw". KCRW- Garth Trinidad

“The Brazil that the world wants to hear”, according to Rolling Stone magazine (Brazil),
“The best of avant-guard music” –BBC, and “Discovery of 2007” – Straight No Chaser (UK)

By Jon Woodhouse

Tita Lima (her first name is pronounced Chita) crafts a totally captivating mix of bossa nova/samba with soul and tropical pop, all enhanced by her silky smooth vocals. It's like hip, funky Brazilian jazz with cream on top.

No wonder reviewers have compared her with Sade and Norah Jones.

Earlier this year she jammed with the Austin-based band the Echocentrics singing at the SXSW fest. A reviewer raved, "Tita Lima beamed at an audience caught up in a collective swoon following the intoxicatingly sultry vocals she had just laid over the band's blend of atmospheric soul and ambient funk."

Lima's latest album, "Possibilidades," embraces classic and contemporary global influences while remaining distinctly Brazilian. Rooted in the rhythms of her homeland, she journeys from the jazzy title track, the delicate samba/pop of "Smile" (sung in English) and the seductive funk groove of "Vendendo Saude e Fe," to the subtle rock of "Um Girassol da Cor do Seu Cabelo" and the leisurely psychedelic/blues of "Jardim," finally landing in the beguiling bossa nova of "Maria, To Pra Voltar."

"I have many influences from jazz to Afro-beat and bossa nova," she explains, calling from Sao Paulo, Brazil. "I have influences by Tropicalismo, which brings a lot of rock and jazz and a mix of samba. I grew up listening to a lot to artists like Caetano Velosa and Gal Costa, who is like my goddess."

Costa is a legendary Brazilian female singer who helped pioneer the late 1960s Tropicalismo movement, which fused Brazilian and American rock and psychedelic influences.

"I love jazz, and I love Nina Simone and Shirley Horn," she continues.

Born into music, Lima's father, who initially taught her bass and guitar, was a bassist and producer with the influential '70s Brazilian psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes.

"I grew up in a family of musicians," she notes. "My grandmother played classical piano and she loved Tango. My father and mother were completely rock, and my other grandmother was crazy about samba. She would have some whisky in the afternoon and put some bossa nova and Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra on the stereo. She taught me good music."

Moving to Los Angeles, Lima studied electric bass and aspects of music production at the Musician's Institute. While working at the House of Blues, she got to play bass and sing in jam sessions with artists like Steve Wonder, Etta James, Chaka Khan and Meshell Ndegeocello.

Traveling between L.A. and Brazil, she recorded her debut album "11.11," with a group of top musicians and producers. But record labels in Brazil were uninterested in her modern mix of samba, bossa nova, hip-hop and dub, calling the sound "too jazzy."

"They wanted pop," she explains. "They thought it was too sophisticated, and the Brazil public would not like it. So that's why I went to labels in Japan and the U.S. and they grabbed it right away."

And so did DJs around the world, who gladly spun enchanting tracks like "A Conta Do Samba." Fader magazine hailed the album as "one of the most inspiring international recordings of the past decade."

Lima plays a bunch of instruments but is especially fond of the bass.

"I play piano, guitar and bass to write my songs," she says. "But the bass is my favorite. Whenever I compose, first comes the bass line and then the rest."

Many have been enthralled by her sensual vocals. A rapturous review in the Seattle Post Intelligencer noted: "Hers is the kind of voice that you've known since before your time here on earth. Its lilt captures you."


Tita collaborated with OCOTE SOUL SOUNDS to remix a version of her song “Vendendo Saude e Fé”. It can now be heard on rotation at CMJ radio in New York, and is currently in the top 4 at the station.

Tita Lima also collaborated with TOM ZE in 2010- "Estudando a bossa" and performed a duet on track 4 "O Ceu Desabou" , receiving great critics from Jornalists in Brasil , Japan , EUA and UK.

Tita Lima also colaborated with 3 tracks " Traz um Alivio" & " Entre eu e voce" on Apollo Nove debut album " Ras Inexplicata Volans , Crammed . Ras Inexplicata Volans recruits the help of chanteuse Cibelle, Seu Jorge (City Of God's Knockout Ned), Air engineer Yann Artaud and is chops-solid with Latin veteran players adding multiple shades of technicolour vibrancy.

Tita also collaborated with Ohmega Watts on the album
"Watts Happening" , DJ-friendly Brazilian-tinged excursion “Adaptacao.” UBIQUITY RECORDS 2008.



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