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Artist Profiles: Rita Ribeiro

Rita Ribeiro performs a wide range of styles, including reggae, samba, funk, as well as regional forms from her native state. Rita was born June 13, 1966 in São Benedito de Rio Preto, a city in the interior of Maranhão. At the age of five she moved with her family to the port city of São Luis do Maranhão, a city known for its rich local folklore.

The tenth of eleven children, she grew up in an environment filled with parties, festivals and music. She devoted herself to music at an early age and quickly became one of the leading figures on the local MPB (popular Brazilian music) scene.

Rita now lives in São Paulo. She works regularly with other leading artists such as Zeca Baleiro and Chico César as part of what is being called the neo-tropicalismo movement.

Tropicalismo was the name given to the revolutionary pop music movement of the late sixties and seventies that made legends of Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso and Tom Ze, among others.

Her self-titled first album was a huge underground success and established Rita as a voice to look out for in the future. Pérolas Aos Povos, her second album, earned tremendous critical acclaim in Brazil. Rita’s interpretation of the folkloric music played in the streets of São Luis and small interior towns is an important part of her work. São Luis is often called the capital of Brazilian reggae, and the style is so ubiquitous it is practically considered a local tradition. Other songs, the less regional ones, are the result of Rita’s interest in music from other origins. Urban music from São Paulo, the Caribbean, West Africa and Afro-Brazilian traditional styles are all part of her musical mix.

Rita does not restrain her talent with one or two genres. Her repertoire has space for a traditional samba, ballads, reggae, Afro-Brazilian religious music and more.


Rita Ribeiro (1997)
Pérolas aos Povos (Putumayo, 1999)
Comigo (2001)
Tecnomacumba (Biscoito Fino, 2006)
Encanto (2014)


Travel the World with Putumayo DVD

Travel the World with Putumayo


The first in a series of DVDs, Travel the World with Putumayo features music videos and concert performances by some of the label’s favorite artists filmed on location in India, Brazil, Senegal, Cuba and beyond. Known for creating collections of international artists for the past decade, Putumayo has uncovered videos and live performances which are sure to appeal to audiences of all ages.

With few broadcast outlets, most of these videos have never been viewed outside their country of origin. The video for Ricardo Lemvo’s Afro-Latin hit Mambo Yo Yo was filmed in Havana, Cuba and captures the city’s vibrant energy.

Czech gypsy singer Vera Bílá’s Pas O Panori video transports the viewer to a rustic Eastern European Gypsy village. Senegalese band Tukuleur’s Afrika features majestic shots of the West African landscape and scenes filmed on Goree Island, an infamous transfer point during the slave trade.

Egyptian singer Hisham Abbas’ Nari Nari features colorful Bollywood-style choreography, striking cinematography and was filmed in the shadow of the Taj Mahal in India. Bidinte, from war-torn Guinea-Bissau, offers a moving song about the impact of war on children and families.

Travel the World with Putumayo also features videos from Brazilian artists Chico César and Rita Ribeiro, Oliver Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe, Senegal’s Touré Kunda, Nigerian band Kotoja, Canadian Celtic singer Mary Jane Lamond and the French-Argentinian electronic tango ensemble Gotan Project. Ten of the twelve featured videos are of songs found on Putumayo albums.

As an added bonus, Travel the World with Putumayo includes Oliver Mtukudzi’s Hear Me Lord filmed live at a nightclub in Zimbabwe, and a powerful concert performance of Habib Koité’s Wassiyé filmed in Huy, Belgium.

Each music video and live performance is viewable with complete subtitles in English, Spanish, French or German, enabling viewers to better understand the songs and their meanings. Also included are insightful biographies of each artist and a short documentary about Putumayo World Music’s history.

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