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Samba Meu ao Vivo

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Maria Rita is known as one of the best musicians in Brazilian music. Following the success of her album Samba Meu, Maria Rita and Warner Music are excited to release Samba Meu Ao Vivo, the live concert performance of songs off the album and other songs that represent the best in her collection. Recorded live in Rio De Janiero in June, this DVD is one of the most anticipated releases of the year. The live concert demonstrates the powerful voice of this amazing singer.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Maria Rita
  • Directors: various
  • Format: Color, Live, NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Wea International
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EOQAKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,049 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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After the sheer magic of the Segundo studio album and "ao vivo" DVD, this DVD is a letdown. (How could it not be??)

The magic of Maria Rita to this point has grown out of her close relationships with her band, producer, and the songwriters who helped make "Segundo" a true modern classic. On this DVD, half of the band is missing (only S. Mazzucca remains on bass), and the larger band makes for a more varied sound, but a sound that, while staying true to samba roots, draws focus away from MR's vocals and vibe. As a result, Maria works harder on belting 'em out, on dancing, on captivating the room. Which she sure DOES--vavoom, get a load of that dress at the end!!--but at a cost of coming across as Just Another Brazilian Diva...

And also -- THE EDITING SUCKS on this DVD!!! It would've been nice to linger on the beauty of Maria, but sorry: the editor must have OCD because no clip lasts longer then 2 seconds; plus, what's with all the cuts to parts of Maria's body? It felt like she was being disembodied, fetishized by the edotir, rather than celebrated as a solid-gold singing star. Ugh....but boy, she looks hot in that dress!!

Please Maria, get back with Tiago/Cuca/Sylvinho/Lenine and keep building on the amazing achievement of "Segundo"! Get back to the intimacy and soul that makes you and your magic voice so compelling.
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Five BIG Stars!! Maria Rita is the award-winning young jazz and Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) diva, who carries the vocal and musical DNA of her mother, the late great Elis Regina, but quickly established her own vocal persona. Her debut CD Maria Rita stole the show at the 2004 Latin Grammys with multiple awards and she rips a few songs from that CD, as well as from the Segundo (Second) and Samba Meu (Samba Mine) CDs. This DVD shows she is in incredible shape, has a few new tattoos, and, having given up singing barefoot, now dances all over the stage in stylish heels and eye-popping dresses beyond her norm. For one who was thought to be the non-musical one of Elis' 3 children and who never sang a note in public until age 24, she returned from NYU graduation and a non-musical career in New York City to literally burst on the São Paulo, Brazil music scene blossoming into a true international star with an awe-inspiring repertoire that is deep and varied. (Milton Nascimento was rumored to have called her in New York saying ~"I don't know what you're waiting for, {you should begin singing}"~). She is backed up by an excellent group of cohesive musicians with a lot of rhythmic drive, some from her previous recordings: like bassist Silvio Mazzucca.

From gentle 'samba-canção' to thundering 'samba-school' batucadas to jazzy MPB, she puts on a singing-dancing virtuoso display of these great Brazilian musical forms, punctuated throughout by the unique sound of the 'cuica'.
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Perhaps I am prejudiced due to my love of the music of Maria Rita, but I find this to be an outstanding concert video with many outstanding music performances slightly hampered by some erratic video. Some sustained shots of the enthusiastic crowd would have been nice, and perhaps of the band members as well. But there is no doubt as to who is the star of this show, and she sounds (and looks) marvelous! While my personal preference in her music runs more to the selections from "Segundo" (with its smaller, more jazz flavored band), some of which are performed here, Ms. Rita does a marvelous job with the samba style as well. I love the supportive audience, and the fact that so many fans seem to be enjoying a modern take on this classic Brazilian music. Overall, five stars for the music and three for the video production, resulting in a four star rating!
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If you love samba, do yourself a favor and get this DVD. Maria Rita performs the material from the Samba Meu CD in a fantastic live performance. The band cooks like crazy and MR is on fire. Audio and video quality are excellent. I would have preferred a less jumpy editing style, but that seems to be the norm these days. Still, a rich and exciting concert.
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