Discovering the Best Music from Pernambuco: 5 Bands and Artists You Must Know

Discovering the Best Music from Pernambuco: 5 Bands and Artists You Must Know

Pernambuco, located in Northeastern Brazil, is a rich cultural hub with a vibrant music scene. With a diverse range of styles and sounds, it’s difficult to narrow down the many talented artists from the region. However, here are five bands and artists from Pernambuco that are worth exploring and adding to your music collection.


1. Karina Buhr

Karina Buhr is a singer-songwriter from Recife, Brazil. She is known for her unique style that combines traditional Brazilian music with elements of alternative rock and contemporary pop. Buhr started her music career in the early 2000s, and has since released several critically acclaimed albums that have garnered her a reputation as one of the most innovative and dynamic artists in Brazilian music. She is known for her powerful voice and thought-provoking lyrics, which often address social and political issues. Buhr has been the recipient of several awards and accolades, and is considered to be one of the leading lights of the new generation of Brazilian musicians.

Recommended album: Eu Menti pra Você (2010).

2. Eddie

Eddie is a Brazilian band from the city of Olinda, Pernambuco. It has been active since the mid-1990s and is influenced by the mangue beat movement. The band is known for its light and relaxed sound, which blends elements of rock, reggae, dub, samba, and frevo. Eddie's music is inspired by the carnival of Olinda and is danceable, with upbeat rhythms.

Recommended album: Carnaval no Inferno (2008).

3. Mombojó

Mombojó is a Brazilian band from Recife, Pernambuco. They are known for their eclectic mix of musical styles including rock, pop, funk, and MPB (Brazilian Popular Music). They were formed in the early 2000s and have released several albums and are known for their energetic live performances. Mombojó's music often features themes of love, relationships, and life in the city. They have received critical acclaim in Brazil and are considered one of the leading bands in the country's music scene.

Recommended album: Nadadenovo (2004).

4. Junio Barreto

Junio Barreto is a Brazilian singer-songwriter from Pernambuco, based in São Paulo. He has released three albums and has performed in shows in Brazil and Europe. He is known for his timeless songs that are transformed by modern and sophisticated arrangements. He is influenced by Brazilian literature and the dialects of the countryside and the interior. He has collaborated with many well-known Brazilian musicians and has composed songs for theater and cinema. He has released solo albums in 2004, 2007 and 2011 and in 2020 he released the single "Dois Corações Pertinhos.

Recommended album: Setembro (2011).

5. Tibério Azul

Tibério Azul is a singer, composer, and poet from Pernambuco, Brazil. He is a member of the band Seu Chico and the founder of Mula Manca and a Fabulosa Figura. He is considered one of the greatest revelations of Pernambucan music in recent years. He began his musical career in 2004 with the group Mula Manca and a Fabulosa Figura, and has since worked with two bands and as a solo artist.

Recommended album: Bandarra (2011).

These are just a few of the many talented artists from Pernambuco that are worth exploring. Whether you’re a fan of rock, samba, MPB, or any other style of music, you’ll find something to love in the rich and diverse music scene of this region. We'll be covering more artists from Pernambuco in the following blog posts.
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