Majestic Cantora Brasileira

Virginia Rodrigues - Photo by Mario Cravo Neto, Deutsche Grammophon
Virginia Rodrigues – Photo by Mario Cravo Neto, DG
Virginia Rodrigues
Duke Performances
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina
October 25, 2007

Brazilian singer Virginia Rodrigues is gifted with a prodigious voice. Not only does she have a beautiful tone, but she can also sustain it for an unbelievably long time. Rodrigues is currently touring the United States and I had the pleasure of attending her concert at Duke University. The prestigious university, located in Durham (North Carolina) has an excellent performing arts series that includes word music, jazz and classical.

Even though Virginia Rodrigues mesmerized the audience with her exquisite songs, percussionist Marco Lobo showed that he is also worthy of attention. He used a wide range of instruments, ranging from funky berimbau and an  enormous bass pandeiro (frame drum) to all sorts of smaller percussion instruments, which emulated the sounds of surf and water, creating a scenic musical environment for Rodrigues’ voice.

Next in the Cantoras Brasileiras will be singer/guitarist Badi Assad, who will perform November 30 at 8 p.m. and Luciana Souza Quartet on January 11, 2007 at 8 p.m. All concerts are at the Reynolds Industries Theater. For more information about the series go to

Rodrigues most recent CDs are: Sol Negro (Natasha Records, 1998), Nos (Natasha Records/USA: Rykodisc, 2000), and Mares Profundos (Natasha Records/Edge Music/Universal Classics, 2003)

There are not too many opportunities left to see Virginia Rodrigues during this tour. The remaining dates are:

Burlington, VT
Flynn Center

Philadelphia, PA
Annenberg PAC

Bethlehem, PA
Lehigh University

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.