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is a Brazil
Brazil , officially the Federative Republic of Brazil , is the largest country in South America. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population with over 192 million people...
ian singer and guitarist born in Bahia
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Passos began playing piano at age thirteen, but after listening to Dorival Caymmi
Dorival Caymmi was a Brazilian singer, songwriter, actor, and painter active for more than 70 years beginning in 1933...
and João Gilberto
João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira, known as João Gilberto , is a Brazilian singer and guitarist. His seminal recordings, including many songs by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, established the new musical genre of Bossa nova in the late 1950s.-Biography:From an early age, music...
she abandoned the instrument to become a singer. In the late 1960s, Passos began appearing on television and at music festivals. In 1972 she submitted the song "Mutilados" under a pseudonym
A pseudonym is a name that a person assumes for a particular purpose and that differs from his or her original orthonym...
to the Globo Network's Festival Universitario
and won the competition's first prize. However, she did not record her debut until 1978, working with poet Fernando de Oliviera in Brasilia
Brasília is the capital city of Brazil. The name is commonly spelled Brasilia in English. The city and its District are located in the Central-West region of the country, along a plateau known as Planalto Central. It has a population of about 2,557,000 as of the 2008 IBGE estimate, making it the...
; the album was released in 1979. A follow-up effort, Amorosa
followed nine years later, in 1988. In the 1990s she has recorded several albums of songs by her major influences. She toured Europe in 1999 with Paquito D'Rivera
Paquito D'Rivera is a Cuban alto saxophonist, clarinetist and soprano saxophonist. The winner of multiple Grammys and other awards, D'Rivera has lived in the United States since the early 1980s. He has worked in a variety of contexts, but is perhaps best known for playing Latin...
and on her own in Europe and Japan in 2000. In 2004, Amorosa
was re-released, and attracted notice in the United States, reaching #7 on the Billboard Top World Music Albums chart.
- Recriação (1979)
- Amorosa (1988)
- Curare (1991)
- Festa (1993)
- Pano Pra Manga (1996)
- Letra & Música - Ary Barroso (1997) (with Lula Galvao
Lula Galvão is a Brazilian guitarist. Also an arranger, he has worked with the likes of Caetano Veloso, Guinga, Rosa Passos and Leila Pinheiro...
- O melhor de Rosa Passos (1997) (best-of compilation)
- Especial Tom Jobim (1998)
- Rosa Passos Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim - 40 Anos de Bossa Nova (1998)
- Morada do Samba (1999)
- Rosa Passos Canta Caymmi (2000)
- Me and My Heart (2001)
- Eu e Meu Coração (2003)
- Azul (2002)
- Entre Amigos (2003) (with Ron Carter
Ron Carter is an American jazz double-bassist. His appearances on over 2,500 albums make him one of the most-recorded bassists in jazz history, along with Milt Hinton, Ray Brown and Leroy Vinnegar. Carter is also an acclaimed cellist who has recorded numerous times on that...
- Amorosa (2004)
- Rosa (2005)