Mario Bakuna on acoustic guitar
Andria Antoniou on vocals
The Brazilian music scene flourished between the 1930s and 1980s; many musical styles and rhythms were born, different vocal styles emerged, and jazz and popular music influences infused the existing styles. From the 1930s ‘Radio Era’ to the birth of Bossa Nova and Brazilian Jazz, singers such as Elis Regina, Elizete Cardoso, Dalva de Oliveira, Alaide Costa, Joyce, and Clara Nunes became known in Brazil and around the world for the beauty and sensitivity of their performances.
The concert ‘Female Voices of Brazil’ features the signature songs of some of the most influential female Brazilian singers of all time. Mario Bakuna, Andria Antoniou and band pay tribute to their talent and charisma and invite the audience on a musical journey to Brazil!
“Mario Bakuna, a sparkling guitarist, plays with palpable feeling – his virtuosic fluency on the fretboard is controlled and flourishes are perfectly placed. His voice has a texture like heavy cloth” – Songlines
“The first time I saw Andria Antoniou on stage, I was in awe. Emerging powerfully and yet delicately form a unsuspecting setting, her silk-like voice embraced us all in the small and intimate venue, making it an unforgettable experience – it felt like being inside a sensual musical bubble, if you can ever picture one.” – Sandra Porto, journalist and editor at File Style London
Mario Bakuna is a London-based Brazilian composer, singer and guitar player, with twenty years of professional experience. His study focuses on Afro-Brazilian music, Samba, Jazz and Bossa Nova. Since settling in London Mario has become one the most prominent names and a reference in Brazilian Music in England. Mario widely performs in Europe at distinguished stages together with artists such as Jean Toussaint, Liam Noble, Ricardo dos Santos, Edmundo Carneiro, Cacau Queiroz, Alain Jean Marie, Dudu Penz, and Filó Machado. With sold-out shows and great feedback, his previous album “Where Rio de Janeiro Meets Bahia” and his new album “Brazilian Landscapes” toured 16 countries in Europe, Brazil, and Madagascar.
Andria Antoniou is a London-based vocalist and educator of jazz, Latin and Greek Retro music. Born in in Cyprus, Andria’s immersion into different styles of music from an early age and her bilingual upbringing have led her to what she is as a performer; an amalgam of music from different parts of the world expressed in different languages. Andria toured in the UK, Greece, Cyprus, Colombia and Cuba and collaborated with prominent representatives of the Latin-jazz, Greek and musical theatre music scene: George Hatzinasios, the band ‘Classico Latino’, Omar Puente, Mario Bakuna, Roman Gomez and the West End Musical Director, Greg Arrowsmith.