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Ceu's Brazilian Melting Pot

Ceu's Brazilian Melting Pot

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Musical immigration: it's the story of an artist who was nominated for a Latin Grammy last year, hit it big in Europe, and even got as close as Canada, and is only now crossing the borders into this country.

(Soundbite of music)

CEU (Singer): (Singing) (Speaking foreign language)

INSKEEP: Her name is Ceu, spelled C-E-U. That's Portuguese for sky. And her album was released in the United States last week.

CEU: Yeah, I think my album is just an album by a girl from Sau Paolo. Being Brazilian, it's a spirit of Brazil: it's an attitude, it's a way to dance, to play soccer, to live, actually.

INSKEEP: This sound is Brazilian.

(Soundbite of music)

CEU (Singer): (Singing) (Speaking foreign language)

INSKEEP: But keep listening to Ceu and you'll hear sounds from all over the world: African drums, hip-hop scratches, reggae rhythms.

(Soundbite of music)

CEU: It's not just about being Brazil, being United States, being Africa, being Jamaica, being in Europe. These days, we are living in a global situation, so that's why you can say that my sound is global.

(Soundbite of music)

CEU (Singer): (Singing) (Speaking foreign language)

INSKEEP: This global sound is getting marketing now that it's been picked up by the record label owned by Starbucks. Ceu plays in San Francisco tonight and will continue touring the United States over the next week. You can find more music at our Web site, npr.org.

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Renee's back with us on Monday. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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