BELEZA - Madeline and Berto Sales

BELEZA - Madeline and Berto Sales

 Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Funkalicious Samba Soul. Modern and fresh. Beautiful melodies and contagious rhythms.


United by musical interests that include samba, funk, soul, blues, bossa, jazz and Spanish flamenco; Humberto Oliveira Sales and Madeline Holly Sales blend the melodic, rhythmic and harmonic riches from North and South America.  Berto, native to Brazil, pursued a formal education in classical guitar. His knowledge of Brazilian rhythms and study of Spanish Flamenco add to the unique finger picking style he uses.   Madeline brings with her the strong influence of soul, jazz and blues.  She sings in Portuguese, English and Spanish.  Her sensual, rich voice, playful interpretations, and strong stage presence make their combination extremely unique. They perform as a duo or with a full band, accompanied by Dave Berzonsky on bass and Matt Wyatt on drums.  Special guests include Jeff Decker on saxophones and Eric Gertner on percussion. 

Since living in the U.S., Beleza has continued to incorporate the influence of funk, blues, and soul into their unique style.  The resulting concoction was aptly described by one fan as funkalicious samba soul.  Their new EP was 100% fan funded and includes originals as well as Beleza arrangements.

In 2011 as both performers and music educators, the duo traveled with Enrichment Voyages (academically sponsored by the University of Virginia) around Central America, through the Panama Canal, into the Amazon River in Brazil, and throughout the Caribbean.


Sunshine on a Saturday

Written By: Madeline Holly-Sales

Wakin' up with you is like sunshine on a Saturday
Yeah - wakin' up with you is like sunshine on a Saturday
Feelin' warm and free
right down to the very tips of my toes

I close my eyes and I raise my head up to the sky
I said, I close my eyes and I raise my head up to the sky
I've got this warm, ticklin' feelin'
I really feel that I could fly

Sweet sweet mornin', it's a sweet sweet mornin'
And I don't have a particular place to be
And I thank God you're here with me
'Cause if I had to do it all over again
I know I'd be right here with your arms around me


1. 'Cookin' with Flavour' - Beleza's EP of funkalicious samba soul released in the spring of 2011.

2. 'Time to Dream' is Beleza Brasil's CD, featuring a Brazilian band and a combination of the rhythmic and melodic riches from The US and Brazil.

Set List

Brazilian Repertoire:
Aquarela do Brasil
A felicidade
A Ra
Agua de Beber
Amor em Paz
Brigas Nunca Mais
Chega de Saudade
Chiclete com Banana
Chovendo na Roseira
Danca da Solidao
Desde que o Samba e Samba
E D'Oxum
E Preciso Perdoar
Fato Consumado
Falsa Baiana
Flor de Liz
Garota de Ipanema
Influencia do Jazz
Isso Aqui O Que E
Ladeira da Preguica
Manha de Carnaval
Maria das Mercedes
Mas Que Nada
O Barquinho
O Pato
O Samba da Minha Terra
Retrato em Branco e Preto
Samba de Uma Nota So (One Note Smaba)
So Danco Samba
Upa Neguinho

Funk/Soul/Blues/Fusion Repertoire:

Sunshine on a Saturday
Tired of Waiting
Well, Well, Well
A MInha Alma
I Gotta' Be Me
Ha Dias
Pagode Russo
Deusa do Amor
Protesto Olodum
Toque de Timbaleiro
Don't Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down
Agua de Beber