There's something about Brazil that exudes sexiness. Maybe it's the way the tongue rolls when speaking the language. Or the beautiful, modelesque women who live there. Or samba. Whatever it is, we can all agree the place is an exotic wonderland.
Luckily, you don't have to understand Portuguese to fall in love with the lyrical, smooth Brazilian o brega sound of Marisa Monte.
The three-time Latin Grammy-winning artist has been in the biz since she was a little menina. She has sold millions of albums worldwide. She was even named Rolling Stone Brasil's most important living Brazilian singer.
But since her 2006 release of both Universo Ao Meu Redor, a fusion of old and new samba songs, and Infinto Particular, a compilation of unrecorded tracks from the past 15 years of her career, the sultry songstress has taken a hiatus from the public eye.
The singer broke the silence in 2012 with her latest album, O Que Você Quer Saber de Verdade. And when an internationally renowned artist makes a comeback, she does more than just sell millions of records -- she schedules a world tour.
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Monte will be celebrating this latest musical endeavor with her seventh international tour, Verdade Uma Ilusão ("Truth Is an Illusion"). And for the first time in seven years, o cantante will be visiting the Magic City with a two-night stand at the Fillmore Miami Beach.
So if you have yet to hear the lyrical vibrations of the keyboard, string quartet, percussion, guitar, and ukelele (which the singer plays herself), it will be amor at first listen.
Marisa Monte. Sunday and Monday, June 23 and 24. Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $48.50 to $98.50 plus fees via livenation.com. Call 305-673-7300, or visit fillmoremb.com.