21 July: Remembering Jovelina Pérola Negra on Birthday

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Jovelina Pérola Negra

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Jovelina Pérola Negra (21 July 1944 – 2 November 1998) stage name of Jovelina Farias Belfort, was a Brazilian samba singer and songwriter. Known by her deep voice, she was a representative of the partido alto samba style and considered an heir to Clementina de Jesus style of singing.

Life and Career

Jovelina Pérola Negra was born on February 22, 1944, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She grew up in a culturally rich environment and was exposed to the vibrant world of samba from an early age. Her passion for music and singing became evident at a young age, and she eventually decided to pursue a career in music.

Jovelina Pérola Negra’s career in music began to flourish during the 1970s and 1980s when she gained recognition for her powerful voice, charismatic stage presence, and unique interpretation of samba songs. Her rich, soulful voice resonated with audiences, earning her the nickname “Pérola Negra,” which means “Black Pearl.”

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She released several successful albums, and her songs often addressed social issues and celebrated the Afro-Brazilian culture. Some of her most popular songs include “Luz do Repente,” “Feirinha da Pavuna,” and “Sorriso Aberto.”

Tragically, Jovelina Pérola Negra’s life was cut short. She passed away on October 2, 1998, at the age of 54, due to complications from diabetes. Her untimely death was a significant loss to the Brazilian music community and left many fans and fellow musicians mourning her departure.

Award and Legacy

During her career, Jovelina Pérola Negra received widespread recognition for her contributions to Brazilian music and samba.

Jovelina Pérola Negra’s legacy is deeply rooted in Brazilian music history. Even after her death, her songs continue to be celebrated and cherished by fans of samba and Brazilian music in general. She is remembered not only for her exceptional voice but also for her commitment to social issues and her dedication to promoting Afro-Brazilian culture.

Her influence on subsequent generations of samba singers and musicians remains strong, and her music continues to inspire artists in Brazil and beyond. Jovelina Pérola Negra’s name remains synonymous with the rich cultural heritage of samba and the spirit of resilience and pride in Afro-Brazilian traditions.

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On 21 July 2022, Google celebrated Jovelina Pérola Negra’s 78th birthday with a doodle.

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