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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

When she was just 13 years old, Dom La Nena left her home in Brazil for Argentina to study the cello. La Nena has devoted her life to mastering that one instrument. But on her debut album "Ela," just recently released, La Nena adds her own voice, piano and guitars. The end result is a sound that is both gentle and haunting.

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DOM LA NENA: (Singing in foreign language)

My music has a lot of childhood nostalgia and it's very inspired by this time of my life, so I think there is this innocence from the lullabies.

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NENA: (Singing in foreign language)

When I was 10 years old, that was when I really realized that I wanted to be a cellist.

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NENA: I went to Argentina when I was 13 years old to study but without my family. So it's very, yeah, very intense relationship with my cello because I have such sacrificed many things for him but I don't have regrets. It's a very romantic...

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NENA: ...relationship.

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NENA: (Singing in foreign language)

Yeah, I sing in Portuguese. But there is a song called "Buenos Aires" that I sing in Spanish.

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NENA: (Singing in foreign language)

I am Dom La Nena and my first album, it's "Ela." And I hope you feel a little more in the world and not in your country or not in your house, but everywhere.

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NENA: (Singing in foreign language)

MARTIN: You can hear more from Dom La Nena at nprmusic.org.

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

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NENA: (Singing in foreign language)

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