Rosinha de Valença
Today we’re listening to Rosinha de Valença, a Brazilian guitarist and composer. Born in 1941, Valença taught herself acoustic guitar by playing along with the radio, earning her first club gig at age 12.1 She would become a guitar virtuoso and major figure in Brazilian pop in the ‘60s when the sound was making waves internationally. We’re playing her best known album, Um Violão em Primeiro Plano (A Guitar in the Foreground) from 1971, whose track “Summertime” is unmissable. But up first we have a fully instrumental, lesser-known LP from the year before: Rosinha de Valença apresenta Ipanema Beat.
Have a great Thursday.