There is one thing quintessentially Brazilian about Marina Sena that is difficult to translate. It is in her new music, the way she sings, talks, and moves on the stage. It’s in how she perceives herself as an artist.
Setting up out as the singer of two indie bands in 2015 and putting out a few of sporadic solo singles, Sena last but not least unveiled her very first solo album independently in August 2021, De Primeira. “Some of these songs have been written six decades back,” she tells Remezcla. “Each tune was prepared throughout a various stage of my existence. But I felt like they dialogue with each other and they appear from the exact same spot, sharing the exact vibe, which is why I selected them for the album.”
De Primeira was nicely-acquired in on the net communities for MPB, or Preferred Brazilian Songs, and indie-pop lovers. But almost nothing would look at to the surprising success of her one “Por Supuesto.” Its refrain, “Eu já deitei no seu sorriso / Só você não sabe,” acquired common on TikTok and Instagram, ensuing in the track topping Spotify’s Viral 50 chart on Oct 29, building quite a few memes, covers, and even funk edits and remixes. In the forthcoming Multishow Brazilian Songs Awards, Sena is up for 4 awards this calendar year, like “Revelation of the Calendar year.” Soon after Anitta, she is tied with Luísa Sonza as just one of the most nominated artists. Sena will also be performing at the November 8 ceremony.
Immediately after a long time of staying recognised primarily among the substitute scenes, the singer-songwriter is thrilled by how promptly her job is using around and hitting the mainstream. Nevertheless, the success doesn’t occur accurately as a shock for her. “I’ve normally dreamed major,” Sena states. “When I was a kid, I imagined I was gonna be some sort of Shakira. I used to observe documentaries about these hugely [popular] female singers and I always started off to cry, since it received me pondering, ‘I’m heading to reside all of this one day.’”
Back when Sena was the lead vocalist of A Outra Banda da Lua, an encounter to which she credits her most significant chances for creative expansion, her audio largely fell in just the genre recognized as MPB. Whilst nonetheless staying a section of the band, Sena joined Rosa Neon—a seem and performance fashion that is nearer to what she does nowadays as a soloist. De Primeira is pop in its aesthetics and function to audio fun, but it is not a formulaic type of pop. In its place, it sounds like MPB that veers into the pop sphere.
The concept of MPB, as a style, took type in Brazil in the 1960s, to designate a fusion of genres such as samba (which is listened to in Sena’s music like “Tamborim”) and bossa nova. Songwriting-clever, its melodies are a lot less linear than people genres and characteristic a lot more procedures that goal for a catchier seem. But as Brazilian tunes evolves, MPB goes with it. But saying MPB, in its standard sense, and pop audio-alike is not quite exact. The MPB class is ordinarily assigned to singer-songwriters whose tunes doesn’t channel any other genres (like rock or soul music) as well explicitly. Pop, on the other hand, is tunes created with an intentional commercial enchantment. These lines are blurred, and each and every generation of Brazilian artists difficulties them even a lot more. In Sena’s circumstance, she checks quite a few packing containers of staying an MPB singer as properly as a pop star. But to her, this isn’t a paradox at all. “When people inform me I’m walking a skinny line among remaining an MPB singer and a pop singer, I say, ‘An MPB singer can be pop, although,’” she points out.
Sena believes pop enables her to transit amongst all models, and that pop songs built in Brazil has to carry the DNA of Brazilian regional genres. “The way I see it, pop is not [put] in a box. It’s common. It is songs that any singer in any aspect of the entire world can make, and it has regional artifices,” she states. “Pop with no id doesn’t go any place. Pop can only go somewhere if it carries [within] the identity of a place, a area, a region.”
It’s challenging to synthesize a region that is so culturally heterogeneous like Brazil. But at its core, there is a manufacturer of cheekiness that is familiar to most Brazilians, and its tunes models completely encapsulate the Brazilian essence. Sena’s tunes certainly carries that id. Songs-sensible, it is not minimal to one particular solitary genre or facet of Brazilian society. Although De Primeira is large on reggae, it also incorporates funk carioca and samba. It’s a testimony to Sena’s vision of Brazilian pop, but it’s also the end result of a songwriting approach that happens in a pretty pure way. “I write music with a guitar. And when you’re crafting with a guitar, there isn’t any distinct design and style to comply with,” she claims. “I produce a song, but it can convert into 300 distinct factors. However inspiration will come, I will make the song that desires to be built.”
“I often experienced a great deal of believe in in myself, so the points persons say about me are not new. [The praise] moves me, but I really do not enable it get to my head, since what really matters is if I’m emotion myself. If I am, then it is all proper.”
But you simply cannot get the whole Marina Sena working experience until finally you check out her live performances and audio video clips. She moves freely, oozing sensuality, self-assurance, and humor. The way she sings, deliberately nasal and trembling, feels practically psychedelic. She lets her voice be dragged by the melody, experimenting with the prospects of her timbre and assortment as she goes from highs to lows. When her singing model is exclusive, her timbre has been compared with well-known MPB singers this sort of as Gal Costa and Marisa Monte. But Sena is not bothered by the comparisons, she essentially thinks it’s great. “Gal Costa is my greatest reference in daily life. Her aesthetics, voice, absolutely all the things about her conjures up me. And really do not even commence me with Marisa Monte… Every thing [in Brazilian music] that came after Marisa Monte is encouraged by her—and if it is not, then it’s improper,” she suggests as she laughs. “I really like them the two and I like getting compared to them.”
But the comparisons to new music icons and becoming referred to as the following Brazilian pop star can be far too considerably for an artist who, until finally a several months in the past, was not applied to getting her lyrics sung by people today from all above the state. But Sena assures that she is most related with herself than with people’s expectations and tension. “I obtained where I am now doing the job like this: having a link with what I want, what I like, my individual identity, and not allowing other people’s views mould me.” The results and crucial acclaim do not inform her nearly anything she did not by now know about herself. “I normally had a ton of belief in myself, so the items persons say about me are not new. [The praise] moves me, but I don’t let it get to my head, due to the fact what really matters is if I’m experience myself. If I am, then it’s all appropriate.”
We’re only beginning to see what Marina Sena can do as a solo artist, but she previously would seem to have observed one thing that functions for her. Who is aware of? Maybe she’ll be one particular of the artists to make the globe understand Brazilian pop a bit a lot more. And she doesn’t want to be the only a single. “Brazil is as well assorted, which is why we gotta have many [artists] symbolizing it.” She is not frightened by the idea of being just one of these artists. “It’s a significant responsibility, but it is one particular that I experience very enthusiastic about. If I have to [represent Brazil to the world], I gladly will. And I want to acquire a ton of people today with me.”