The sultry, seductive samba singer—who, like her 2 sisters, was named after a song by bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim—stops by to chat about her latest album, Lero-Lero. Luisa Maita will also fill host Joy Keys in on her upcoming concert appearances.
Inspired by samba, bossa nova and other classic Brazilian styles, Luísa is also heavily influenced by the cool jazz of Billie Holiday and Chet Baker, as well as pop, funk and downtempo electronic music. Her first album as a solo artist, Lero-Lero offers songs that encourage her fellow Brazilians to recognize the beauty and deeper meaning of their lives. “Its inspiration comes from the urban life of São Paulo, its ghettos and its people,” notes Luísa, “The lyrics and the aura of the album focus on the peculiarities of Brazilian daily life, culture and human condition.”