LULI BRAGA

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More than an artistic expression, Luli Braga builds a path of healing and ancestral connection through her singing.

 

Born in Manaus, in a family with origins in Maués, a city in the interior of the state of Amazonas known as “Land of Guaraná”, Luli Braga grew up between the western Amazon metropolis and the rural context in which her maternal family is rooted.

 

At the age of five, she entered the artistic life through dance and, at ten, she had her first contact with guitar, a birthday present from her maternal grandmother, who is also a guitarist.

 

In a paternal family environment of born singers, Luli lived surrounded by musical stimuli of Brazilian Popular Music and Amazonian culture - such as Boi Bumbá - and developed an intuitive musicality accompanied by the striking timbre that seems to have been inherited from her paternal grandmother, also a singer.

Her ability with words comes from affinity with writing, perhaps inherited from a paternal journalist grandfather or a result of dedicating part of her life to the academic activities of the Law course at the Federal University of Amazonas, where her first compositions and presentations at musical events also began, between 2013 and 2017.

In 2018 and 2019, under a movement of reconnection with art, fostered by contact with experiences in yoga and Western Amazon’s native shamanism, Luli Braga composed the soundtrack for "ÜHPÜ - Corpo", a performance-ritual in which indigenous and non-indigenous people experienced collective synesthetic connections, wrapped in instrumental sounds, songs and dances guided by the baya (master of ceremonies of the Tukano ethnic group), selected to represent the North Region at the 19th Student Theater Festival, in Belo Horizonte.

 

With lyrics and melodies collected along the way, the singer began recording and posting on her social networks some compositions in voice and guitar format that already attracted the attention of musician friends. But it was only in 2020 that Luli Braga found in music a space for reintegration and a refuge for so complex and conflicting feelings crossed during social isolation.

Although challenging, the period provided a real resumption of commitment to the study of acoustic guitar, triggering the emergence of new compositions and the idealization of her first album, Sinuose, recorded and released in December 2020, with emergency resources for the cultural sector distributed by the Federal Law Aldir Blanc.

Between references from New MPB, Neo Soul and Experimental and Electronic Music, Luli Braga provides us with a journey into the veins where she carries the resilience of her riverside ancestors, captivating our ears with a sweet timbre and a typically Amazonian accent, which slowly reveal the indomitable spirit behind the authorship of the words uttered on the track that bears the album's name (Sinuose): “não meça minha vida, não me encaixe na sua fronteira, me ceda um espaço pra ser, pra caminhar meus passos sem tanta certeza” (translate: don't measure my life, don't fit me in your border, give me a space to be, to walk my steps without so much certainty)

Free of thematic straightness, weaving between multiple facets and experiences of the last three years, the Amazonian debuted with ten authorial songs that flow between the valleys and peaks of human existence, joining nine other non-binary and women to materialize a work that is pure poetic and collective exaltation of female psyche’s elements and nature’s cycles.

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From her “lar de poesia” (translate: “home of poetry”), the singer offers us a synergy of mysticism, deep themes, intense melodies, sophisticated arrangements and timbres and a warm and emotional interpretation accompanied by Tiê, Ju Strassacapa (Francisco El Hombre), Flaira Ferro, Dandara Manoela, ÀIYÉ and the amazonians Anne Jezini, GABRIELLA, Iana Moral and YANEZA.

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