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São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil

São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil
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CRIOLINA - CD - 2006




Although Alê and Luciana have been individually followed different paths in the past (the first one is more tuned in with the pop universe, Luciana was always associated to the reggae world), the meeting of both of them show influences in common, that start with the regional music of Maranhão and Caribe and goes till musical elements inherited by the tropicalism and electronic references. “This is a ride by yesterday’s music and today’s one, from Brazil and the world. Who sees and hears us identify this sound and visual aesthetics”, states Alê.
Alê Muniz
The singer and composer’s work is the result of 15 years of living with Maranhão popular music, his rides and moves around the world. The freedom to create, transform and adapt several sonorities makes him an artist who is always searching for a way to widen his musical universe. “I don’t like labels. I don’t want limits”, he says.
Alê took part in the Festival Canta Nordeste (Globo TV channel, 1996) with the song lê Mama, winning the first stage in Maranhão. In the following years he opened the shows of Pato Banton, The Wailers, Gal Costa, Luís Melodia and Tribo de Jah, among others, and was cited by the magazines VIP and Show Bizz as a promising career of the World Music. He was chosen for four years in a row as the best composer of Maranhão by the state press. Alê Muniz recorded his first Cd in 1996. lê Mama was produced by Mitar Subotic, Suba, the electronic music pope, and was nominated to the former Sharp Music Award. With two solo discs and songs recorded by several interpreters, Alê also takes part in two international collections, from Putumayo Records, together with Gal Costa, Zeca Pagodinho, Ivete Sangalo, Rita Ribeiro and Alpha Blondi, among others.
Luciana Simões
The singer and composer is one of the founders of the reggae band Mystical Roots and was the lead singer of Natiruts, which has given her some visibility in the national scenery and international trips. Besides being close to the Jamaican music, Luciana develops a research work in São Luís, with many rithms like ‘tambor de crioula’, salsa and ‘carimbó’.
The artist attended the Universidade Livre de Música Tom Jobim. She has chosen as focus of study the Radio Age. Singers like Elizeth Cardoso, Dolores Duran, Dalva de Oliveira and Maísa, have great influence on her formation. “Criolina is a little bit of everything, from the poetry of the past to the contemporary pop music”, she says.
CD Criolina
The first CD Criolina was recorded in Maranhão, in 2006, with local songs. In São Paulo it was mixed and mastered by Evaldo Luna, technician of Zeca Baleiro, who was also born in Maranhão, who liked the sound and opened his studio for Alê and Luciana, taking part in the last track of the disc. Most of the 14 songs are signed by the couple, except ‘Carapinha’ and ‘Zé Bedeu’, composed by Alê Muniz and the poet Celso Borges and the composer Mario Borges, respectively. ‘Afinado a fogo’ is Alê’s composition only and ‘Doce,’ Luciana’s.
In 2007, Alê Muniz and Luciana Simões took the Projeto Criolina, as a concert tourney, to towns of the country of São Paulo in a partnership with SESC São Paulo. In the capital of São Paulo, besides concerts in cultural spaces, nightclubs, and alternative places it was possible to highlight the SESI theatre opening concert, presentations at SESC Vila Mariana and at Projeto Prata da Casa (SESC Pompéia). They also collect hundreds of presentations in Maranhão, the couple hometown, beside participations as guests in concerts of Zeca Baleiro, (in São Paulo at the Baile do Baleiro and also in São Luís/MA). In 2008, they were pre-selected by Premio Tim de Musica, 2008 – revelation category.
The couple Criolina has been having a good acceptance by part of the specialized critics. It also obtained space in very respected newspapers like Folha de São Paulo and Estadão, in December, 2007, the CD Criolina was cited by the journalist Lauro Lisboa, music critic, as one of the 20 best CDs of 2007, together with national names such as Seu Jorge, Siba, Ana Carolina among other talents. They are now selected to the program Rumos Itaú Cultural 2011, one of the most important cultural institutions from Brazil.