Cibelle's distinctive and moving voice graced Suba's legendary album São Paulo Confessions. On her superbly accomplished debut, Cibelle takes us on a sonic journey into bossa nova and downtempo electronic music via tropica... more »lia, samba soul, psychedelic post-rock and jazz. Cibelle's solo debut was produced by one of Brazil's most exciting talents, Apollo 9, and mixed by Morcheeba's audio architects, Chris Harrison and Pete Norris. These fresh new tracks, sung in both Portuguese and English, invite the listener into this Paulista's trippy, electronic, post-bossa nova world.« less
Cibelle's distinctive and moving voice graced Suba's legendary album São Paulo Confessions. On her superbly accomplished debut, Cibelle takes us on a sonic journey into bossa nova and downtempo electronic music via tropicalia, samba soul, psychedelic post-rock and jazz. Cibelle's solo debut was produced by one of Brazil's most exciting talents, Apollo 9, and mixed by Morcheeba's audio architects, Chris Harrison and Pete Norris. These fresh new tracks, sung in both Portuguese and English, invite the listener into this Paulista's trippy, electronic, post-bossa nova world.
"This album has been in the rotation for 3 years now. It's one of those albums that fits into several "mood music categories"/ 1. Chill out music- for decompression 2. Cocktail music- Martini's and Manhattans 3. Summer evening house party music- running around in wet bating suits in the dark. Cibelle is a goddess!
Updated 3/2006- We were watching The Constant Gardener on DVD last night and I was pleasantly surprised to hear that a cut from this album was playing in the background at an outdoor cocktail party scene. It wasn't played as soundtrack it was part of the scene in the film. Anyway, I originally said this was a good album for drinking and being outside in warm weather. Well, I sort of said that. It's still a great album. I only hope her next one is as good."
Cibelle Leads the Next Wave of Brazilian Talent
Gavin B. | St. Louis MO | 02/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Brazilian singer Cibelle seems destined for international stardom given the rising interest in both samba and bossa nova over the past five years. It is difficult to predict the ebb point of musical trends, but Cibelle's robust talent should withstand any potential audience saturation . Everything she sings has oozes the samba sensibility, but her jazz aptitude, and the fact that she sings in both Portuguese and English are certain to broaden her appeal. As it happens, Cibelle may reach audiences in the United States through the back door. There's a chance that Cibelle will be discovered by the growing audience for unique female jazz stylists in the States. Cibelle seems destined the same concert hall audiences of her worthy musical peers like, Nora Jones, Diana Krall and Madeleine Peyroux. More than Jones, Krall or Peyroux, Cibelle is a natural singer who can carry most any song on her strength of her voice. While Krall and Peyroux rely on heavily on other people's music, Cibelle songwriting is of the same caliber as Nora Jones's compositions with collaborator Jesse Harris.
Cibelle is part of the emerging wave of both veteran and newer Brazilian artists like Suba, Babel Gilberto, Bossacucanova, Trio Mocotó, and Celso Fonseca who are beginning to build a recognition factor in the United States, the last bastion of ethnocentric musical tastes. Brazilian music has been on the radar on the East and West coasts since the mid Eighties but has yet to bloom into a full blown Renaissance as it did in the Sixties when a generation of jazz musicians like Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd and Herbie Mann brought the sounds of Brazilian jazz to North America.
Many of the newer Brazlians have redefined the samba and bossa nova framework with bottom heavy mixes, programmed beats, tape loops, ambient tricks and a hip hop aesthetic. Cibelle, embraces the new technology but refrains from over-powering the beauty of her music with studio gimmickry. She seems destined for international stardom, but American audiences have often given a chilly reception to many worthy world/fusion musicians. Cibelle's 2003 self titled debut is a great showcase of a singer that deserves a higher profile in North America."
Like No Other
WorldDiscoveries.Net | Petaluma, California | 11/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Cibelle's unexpectedly modern Brazilian style is unbeatable: she sings all the songs, she wrote or co-wrote the entire disc, and she blends Latin jazz with electronica, samba, and Brazilian flavor. Cibelle sounds like no Brazilian ever heard before: her styles are impossible to strictly define and flow seamlessly between categories."
Só Sei Viver no Samba
M Araujo | Florida | 02/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I heard "So Sei Viver no Samba" (track N. 2) for the first time in the film "The Constant Gardener" and I just fell in love with the song. Cibelle's voice is beautiful and quite soothing. My only complaint is the poor quality of the recording of the disc in general, but specially my favorite track (N. 2). I listen the same track over and over again and just don't get tired of it, but the poor quality of the recording of the solo guitar spoils the whole experience."