Her name i s Cissa Paz and she’s a Brazilian singer-songwriter sharing her culture with the world through music. She’s currently working on her second album with the highly acclaimed producer and bassist, Arthur Maia. They will be recording in July and releasing in the U.S. in September. Cissa Paz lives in DC and will be recording the album in Brazil as she did with her first one. Her sound is Afro-Brazilian based with funky and soulful influences. The songs for the new album will mostly be originals composed by Cissa Paz, her producers and other collaborators. One of which is Alberto Salgado, who won best album last year at the Brazilian Popular Music awards.
Cissa Paz has made a name for herself in the DC scene not only as one of the best Brazilian music artists in the area, but also as an eclectic performer influenced by the local jazz sounds and her Brazilian indigenous/African heritage. Nominated for 3 Wammies, her debut album gained great organic momentum and got the attention of the DC Jazz Festival and many other music industry professionals in DC. Her show is upbeat and engaging, with a mixture of African and Brazilian rhythms. She’s known and loved in the area among the lovers and dancers of Brazilian music not only as a performer, but also as ambassador of her genre. Her upcoming tour promises a combination of dance-evoking rhythms, beauty of sounds and authenticity of expression as the product of fresh collaborations.
Here’s what the press is saying about Cissa’s self-titled album: Cissa’s performance “is unexpectedly playful and whimsical in the nicest sense of the word, and we almost always end up falling in love with her on this…The bounding momentum of some of her sambas is uncompromising and she evokes the joie de vivre of much that is beautiful about being Brasilian.” (World Music Report)