Vanessa da Mata

Vanessa da Mata

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"Sim", the album, wanders between bossa nova, pop and reggae, and is carried by a sweet and enchanting voice... “Sim” (“Yes”) symbolizes for Vanessa “a positive answer to life”.

Biography

Vanessa da Mata was born in 1976, in Alto Garças, Mato Grosso – a small town surrounded by rivers and falls, 400 kilometers away from Cuiabá, the state capital. Self-taught, she grew up in the company of the greats of Brazilian music: Luiz Gonzaga, Tom Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Orlando Silva...
At the age of 14, she moved to Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, 1200 kms away from Alot Garças. She left by herself, willing to study medicine at first. But at only 15, she started singing and giving concerts in some of the town bars...
In 1992, she reached São Paulo, multiplying the concerts, the encounters, and joined the Jamaïcan band Black Uhuru. Insatiable, she managed to find time to keep on with her career as a model and her other career as a basketball player.

Her first decisive encounter was in 1997 when with Chico César she composed the song "A força que nunca seca", which was recorded by Maria Bethânia and nominated for a Grammy Award. Brazil had discovered a great composer. Besides that, Vanessa increased the guest appearances on stage with the greatest legends of Brazilian music: Milton Nascimento, Maria Bethânia, Baden Powell...
After the success of her first album, "Essa boneca tem manual", released in 2004 (her second album), received a platinum disc in Brazil, and one of the songs ("Ai ai ai...") was the most played song on national radio in 2006!
Vanessa da Mata takes a place at the top of the best talents of the new generation of Brazilian Popular Music (MPB).

The story of "Boa sorte / Good luck" is simple: “When I've recorded this song, I had the feeling it was not done, that something was missing. This was at this time that I had the luck to meet the great Ben Harper, almost randomly... A little bit later, I sung him the melody on the phone. Simply, naturally. Immediately he found the right words to answer the Portuguese lyrics, as if he was touched by the power of the lyrics and the sweetness of the melody. The result is surprising: two people living across the equator, speaking different languages, and singing the same song in duet ; Boa Sorte/Good Luck deals with the theme of separation...”

Lyrics

Boa Sorte / Good Luck

Written By: Vanessa da Mata / Ben Harper

É só isso
Não tem mais jeito
Acabou, boa sorte

Não tenho o que dizer
São só palavras
E o que eu sinto
Não mudará

Tudo o que quer me dar
É demais
É pesado
Não há paz

Tudo o que quer de mim
Irreais
Expectativas
Desleais

That's it
There's no way
It's over
Good luck

I've nothing left to say
It's only words
And what l feel
Won't change

Tudo o que quer me dar
(Everything you want to give me)
É demais
(It's too much)
É pesado
(It’s heavy)
Não há paz
(There is no peace)
Tudo o que quer de mim
(All you want from me)
Irreais
(Isn’t real)
Expectativas
(Expectations)
Desleais

Mesmo se segure
Quero que se cure
Dessa pessoa
Que o aconselha

Há um desencontro
Veja por esse ponto
Há tantas pessoas especiais

Now even if you hold yourself
I want you to get cured
From this person
Who advises you

There is a disconnection
See through this point of view
There are so many
Special people in the world
So many special
People in the world
In the world
All you want
All you want

Tudo o que quer me dar
(Everything you want to give me)
É demais
(It's too much)
É pesado
(It's heavy)
Não há paz
(There's no peace)

Tudo o que quer de mim
(All you want from me)
Irreais
(isn’t real)
Expectativas
(That expectations)
Desleais

Now we're falling
Falling, falling
Falling into the night
Into the night
Falling, falling, falling
Falling into the night
Um bom encontro é de dois
Now we're falling
Falling, falling
Falling into the night
Into the night
Falling, falling, falling
Falling into the night

Discography

Vanessa da Mata (2002)
Essa Boneca Tem Manual (2004)
Sim (2007)

Set List

1. Vermelho
2. Fugiu com a Novela
3. Baú
4. Boa sorte / Good Luck
5. Amado
6. Pirraça
7. Você vai me destruir
8. Absurdo
9. Quem irá nos proteger?
10. Ilegais
11. Quando um homem tem uma mangueira no quintal
12. Meu Deus
13. Minha herança: uma flor